The Devil's Crown

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The Devil's Crown
Also known as "La Couronne du Diable"
Genre Drama
Written by Jack Russell
Ken Taylor
Directed by Alan Cooke
Jane Howell
Ronald Wilson
Starring Brian Cox
Jane Lapotaire
Michael Byrne
John Duttine
Christopher Gable
Composer(s) David Cain
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) Richard Beynon
Running time 55 minutes
Production company(s) British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Radiotelevisione Italiana
Time-Life Television Productions
Télévision Suisse-Romande (TSR)
Distributor Radio Télévision Belge (RTB)
Original network BBC2
First shown in United Kingdom
Original release 30 April – 1 July 1978

The Devil's Crown was a BBC television series which dramatised the reigns of three medieval Kings of England: Henry II and his sons Richard the Lionheart and John Lackland. It is also known as La couronne du diable in French.

The series was written by Jack Russell and Ken Taylor. It was shown in the United Kingdom in thirteen 55-minute episodes between 30 April and 23 July 1978.

A weblog falsely reported that some episodes no longer exist in the BBC archives.[1][2]

A full set of tape copies exist at the British Film Institute, where they can be viewed on request.[3] It has never been released on DVD, although a French dubbed version, called "La couronne du diable", is available as a paid (legal) download.[4]


Episode List[edit]

  • Ep.1 - If All the World Were Mine
  • Ep.2 - The Earth Is Not Enough
  • Ep.3 - A Rose, a Thorn
  • Ep.4 - The Hungry Falcons
  • Ep.5 - Before the Dark
  • Ep.6 - Richard Yea and Nay
  • Ep.7 - Lion of Christendom
  • Ep.8 - When Cage-Birds Sing
  • Ep.9 - Bolt from the Blue
  • Ep.10 - In Sun's Eclipse
  • Ep.11 - The Flowers Are Silent
  • Ep.12 - Tainted King
  • Ep.13 - To the Devil They Go

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