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Duration: 2 hours, 23 minutes

Powerful historical drama. When Henry II appoints his drinking and wenching companion Thomas Becket as Archbishop of Canterbury, he hopes to lessen Church interference. But Becket takes the job seriously and soon the friends come into conflict.

Last on

Sat 2 Nov 2013 13:25 BBC Two except Scotland

Credits

Thomas Becket
Richard Burton
King Henry II
Peter O'Toole
King Louis VII of France
John Gielgud
Gilbert Folliot, Bishop of London
Donald Wolfit
Empress Matilda
Martita Hunt
Queen Eleanor
Pamela Brown
Gwendolen
Sian Phillips
Archbishop of Canterbury
Felix Aylmer
Cardinal Zambelli
Gino Cervi
Pope Alexander III
Paolo Stoppa
Brother John
David Weston
Baron
Percy Herbert
Director
Peter Glenville
Writer
Jean Anouilh
Writer
Edward Anhalt

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