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The Hollow Crown 

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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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2016   2013  
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Tom Georgeson ...
 Bardolph 3 episodes, 2012
John Mackay ...
 Brakenbury 3 episodes, 2016
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 Gloucester 2 episodes, 2012
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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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 Hastings 2 episodes, 2016
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Henry Faber ...
 Lancaster 2 episodes, 2012
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John Heffernan ...
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 Somerset 2 episodes, 2016
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 Young Cecily 2 episodes, 2016
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Jo Stone-Fewings ...
Geoffrey Streatfeild ...
 Edward IV 2 episodes, 2016
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 Coleville 2 episodes, 2012
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Matthew Tennyson ...
 Clarence 2 episodes, 2012
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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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20 September 2013 (USA)  »

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Sophie Okinodo has portrayed a British Queen before, albeit fictional, when she played Liz Ten on two episodes of Doctor Who with the eleventh doctor, Matt Smith. See more »

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Featured in Richard III: Deleted Scenes (2016) See more »

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Can Shakespeare get any better?
30 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

If my father was alive I think he would be giddy to see this because he enjoyed Shakespeare and WW2 movies almost equally. Few household include Shakespeare plays as everyday topics, Marc Anthony's speech when drying dishes and we were fortunate. When Shakespeare questions are asked on 'University Challenge' I find myself screaming at the confused teenagers who were not so lucky.

Granted, 'Coriolanus' was a favorite, but almost all of Shakespeare plays have blood pumping through them and deserve the full treatment of location, mud, costume and conflict so we can absorb the poetry of the script.

This production is likely to open the door to Shakespeare for people who were not given a friendly introduction. As with Opera, some experiences open a door to appreciation and understanding. (mine was the £5 ticket to Covent Garden in 1996 because you only understand what the fuss is about when experiencing a quality, live performance)

To the original audiences, the death of a king was a shocking as the JFK assassination is to us. They enjoyed the glamor, the insight and the drama inherent in power struggles, ambition, just as we do today.

Season 1 - looks at how Henry IV took power, his difficulties with his son and how his son (Henry V) adjusted. Is there anything more timeless than one generation attempting to guide and train the younger? Youthful rejection of everything offered? Recognition too late that the parent was heroic and worthy of admiration?

For some reason, the character of Sir John, penetrated my understanding more when watching this, than ever before. This is likely as a result of my deeper understand as a result of the passage of time.

Season 2 - The third generation (Henry VI) raised without paternal guidance, struggles to keep the crown. The War of the Roses leading to bloody battle. Richard III, was to say the least, ambitious.

The Hollow Crown has an excellent cast.


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