TV Movie (multi-part) | 2003

    Brief synopsis

    Set in 1183 during the Christmas holidays, THE LION IN WINTER begins as the reluctant Henry gathers his family around him to name one of his three sons as the successor to the throne. Each son has a flaw which makes the decision difficult. Eleanor, who is summoned from prison where she was sent after an attempt on the King's life, plots with her sons to force Henry to decide - according to her agenda. To complicate matters, Henry's mistress, Princess Alais of France, whom he hopes to make his next queen, is visited by her conniving brother King Philip of France, who also has his own plans for Henry's monarchy. With the fate of the empire at stake, everyone engages in their own brand of deception and treachery to stake their claim.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Glenn CloseEleanor of Aquitaine [L]
    Patrick StewartKing Henry II [L]


    Director of photographySergei Kozlov
    Costume designerConsolata Boyle
    DirectorAndrei Konchalovsky
    EditorHenry Richardson
    Makeup artist / hair stylistSilka LiskuPersonal H&MU Patrick Stewart
    Hair stylistAstrid MariaschkPerrückenanfertig.i.A.v.G.Zeiß
    ComposerRichard Hartley
    Production designerRoger Hall
    ScreenwriterJames Goldman

    Production companies

    Hallmark Entertainment [us]