Picks and Pans Review: Wednesday, January 25
updated 01/30/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/30/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
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At 76, Laurence Olivier is the right age to play one of Shakespeare's greatest creations, and sure enough, in his first made-for-TV Shakespearean production, Olivier gives a bravura performance. His Lear is full of spirit and pathos; he is a man who must pay bitterly for his selfishness. The excellent supporting cast includes John (Elephant Man) Hurt, Leo (Rumpole of the Bailey) McKern and David (Nicholas Nickleby) Threlfall. As Lear's daughters, the production has recruited three of Britain's finest actresses: Diana Rigg, Dorothy Tutin and Anna Calder-Marshall. With Olivier at his finest, this is television to remember.