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A miniseries of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two, and Henry V.
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 Exeter (4 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Falstaff (3 episodes, 2012)
Tom Georgeson ...
 Bardolph (3 episodes, 2012)
John Mackay ...
 Brakenbury (3 episodes, 2016)
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 Prince Hal / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Margaret (3 episodes, 2016)
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 Westmoreland (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Henry VI (3 episodes, 2016)
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 Mistress Quickly (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Northumberland (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Gloucester (2 episodes, 2012)
Conrad Asquith ...
 Bracy (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Richard / ... (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Buckingham (2 episodes, 2016)
Alan David ...
 Bishop of Ely (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Plantagenet (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Peto (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Hastings (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Anne (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Poins (2 episodes, 2012)
Drew Dillon ...
 Drawer (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Kate Percy (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Ned (2 episodes, 2016)
Henry Faber ...
 Lancaster (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Queen Elizabeth (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Vernon (2 episodes, 2016)
John Heffernan ...
 Francis (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Somerset (2 episodes, 2016)
Matthew Needham ...
 Basset (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Henry IV (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Young Cecily (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Pistol (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Warwick (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Doll Tearsheet (2 episodes, 2012)
Jo Stone-Fewings ...
 Stanley (2 episodes, 2016)
Geoffrey Streatfeild ...
 Edward IV (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Coleville (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Suffolk (2 episodes, 2016)
Matthew Tennyson ...
 Clarence (2 episodes, 2012)
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 George (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Rivers (2 episodes, 2016)
Jamie Ballard ...
 Grieving Son / ... (2 episodes, 2016)
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New adaptations of Shakespeare's tetralogy of history plays comprising the 'Henriad' for the BBC's 2012 Cultural Olympiad: King Richard II; King Henry IV, Part 1; King Henry IV, Part 2; King Henry V. The plays chronicle a continuous period in British history from the end of the 14th century to the aftermath of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Together, the plays comprise a story with recurring themes of power struggles, redemption, family conflict and betrayal. Written by PKemp

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The second season depicts the marriage of Margaret of Anjou to Henry VI. The historical Margaret was fifteen years old at the time. Sophie Okonedo was forty-six when she played the role. See more »

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Featured in 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) See more »

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clarity is the watchword
2 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What distinguishes these hollow crown productions from their predecessors is the crystal clarity of the text as delivered by the cast – well done everyone! It is so easy to fall into the trap of believing that the text is to be delivered as verse. Twaddle! Ideas like that permeate school English classrooms where failed actors teach gullible pupils that iambic pentameters rule. No, they do not! Furthermore, good presentation of Shakespeare is so often ruined by over enthusiasm on the part of the performers. Without wishing to name names, I saw one version of "Much Ado About Nothing" where the comedy in the text was entirely lost because the director and his cast insisted on inventing and adding their own comedy instead. It is a brave man who would want to out-do Shakespeare! The ability of these Hollow Crown productions to tell the story which leads ultimately to the "Wars of the Roses" was admirable. There was so much to say – even before the "Wars" had begun. I should probably watch them all over again….! And I think I will!


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