The Queen & the Welshman
10 April 1966, BBC2
25 April 1969, U.S. airing
The drama tells the tale of Katherine of
France, the young widow of Henry V or England, and her love and
defiant marriage of the Welshman Owen Tudor. Villiers is a
gentleman in the service of the Duke of Gloucester.
An April 26, 1969, New York Times review
called the production "a rare treat":
Historically, the marriage founded the Tudor
line. Dramatically, it was a union rooted in deep love reverence
and respect, balanced on secrecy and menaced by discovery. ...
Set against these two characters (Dorothy
Tutin as Katherine and Derek Godfrey as Tudor) embodying so many
fine traits, Jeremy Brett depicted the barrenness of the human soul
in the person of Villiers, a man who wed himself to the evils of
spying and betrayal. It was to Mr. Brett's credit (and to the
playwright's as well) that his justifications for his behavior, as
offering some certitude in a world where much could be lost an many
hurt, did not appear to be simple villainy.
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