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"The Hollow Crown" Richard II (2012)

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The Hollow Crown: Season 1: Episode 1 -- From executive producer Sam Mendes, King Richard II tells the classic story of murder and revenge that led to the fall of England's royal family.


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Original Air Date:
30 June 2012 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Fey,vain and foolish,young Richard initiates his downfall by banishing Henry Bolingbroke and the Earl... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rupert Goold 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rupert Goold  screenplay
Ben Power  screenplay
William Shakespeare  play "Richard II"

Produced by
Pippa Harris .... executive producer
David Horn .... executive producer
Sam Mendes .... executive producer
Gareth Neame .... executive producer
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... producer
Original Music by
Adam Cork 
Cinematography by
Danny Cohen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Trevow Waite 
Casting by
Maggie Lunn 
Production Design by
Andrew McAlpine 
Art Direction by
Jane Harwood 
Ben Smith 
Set Decoration by
Sarah Whittle 
Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux 
Makeup Department
Laura Blount .... makeup artist
Sidony Etherton .... hair and make up trainee
Renata Gilbert .... makeup artist
Florence May Carter .... make-up and hair: dailies
Sangeet Prabhaker .... special makeup effects
Lesley Smith .... makeup artist
Jeremy Woodhead .... make-up and hair designer
Production Management
Julian Mort Davies .... unit manager
Nathan Flaher .... unit manager
Sam Lucas .... post-production supervisor
Richard May .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heidi Gower .... third assistant director
Martin Harrison .... first assistant director
Chris Stoaling .... second assistant director
Charlie Waller .... second second assistant director
Henry Witten .... assistant director
Art Department
George Ausburger .... carpenter
Jon Bates .... stand-by props
Laura Conway-Gordon .... standby art director
Russell Eade .... painter
David Engleman .... carpenter
Tone Gibbs .... storeman
Rohan Harris .... scenic artist
John Hext .... painter
Nigel Kirk .... head painter
Jason Line .... scenic artist
Johnny Mann .... sculptor
Jono Moles .... construction coordinator
Jono Moles .... construction manager
Lucy Moles .... construction buyer
Barnaby Papworth .... head carpenter
Kathryn Pyle .... production buyer
Caradoc Rouse .... carpenter
Jo Sansom .... assistant art director
Ben Smith .... supervising art director
Don Sturgeon .... prop maker
Mike Syson .... props
Nick Thomas .... property master
Remo Tozzi .... set designer
Sound Department
Antony Bayman .... sound effects editor
Ben Collinson .... sound assistant
Simon Diggins .... adr mixer
Robert Edwards .... adr mixer
Tim Fraser .... sound mixer
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Rob Humpage .... mix technical assistant
Keith Marriner .... adr editor
Keith Marriner .... dialogue editor
Julien Pirrie .... foley recordist/editor
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Adrian Rhodes .... supervising sound editor
Jamie Roden .... sound
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Philip Syvertsen .... re-recording engineer
Christopher Wilson .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Mike Crowley .... special effects technician
Andy Fordham .... prosthetic sculptor
Graham Hills .... senior sfx technician
Chris Reynolds .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Simon Carr .... visual effects supervisor
Max Dennison .... matte painting supervisor
David Emeny .... digital compositor
Marc Hutchings .... senior compositor: Reliance
Rick McMahon .... visual effects artist
Collette Nunes .... visual effects editor
Simon Payne .... lead cg artist: Reliance Mediaworks London
Asa Shoul .... digital colourist
Ben Turner .... digital compositor
Paul Heasman .... stunt coordinator
Paul Howell .... stunt double
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Ian van Temperley .... stunt double: James Purefoy
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Bevan .... first assistant camera
Nick Briggs .... still photographer
Ben Brown .... second assistant camera
Robbie Bryant .... assistant camera
Kriss Dallimore .... second assistant camera: dailies
Andrea Fishburn .... data wrangler
Mark Hanlon .... best boy
Mark Hutchings .... rigging gaffer
Andy Long .... gaffer
Max MacGechan .... camera trainee
Alex Mott .... key grip
Zac Nicholson .... camera operator
Adam Shell .... digital imaging technician
Charlie Wall .... grip: "b" camera
Casting Department
Darren Baba .... extras casting assistant
Vicki Thomson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellen Crawshaw .... principal costume standby
Nigel Egerton .... wardrobe supervisor
Stephen Kill .... leather worker
Emma O'Loughlin .... costume trainee
Anna Reynolds .... costume assistant
Rebecca Tredget .... costume daily
Editorial Department
Rebecca Lloyd .... assistant editor
Sion Penny .... on-line editor
Location Management
Nicky James .... location manager
Richard May .... location scout
Music Department
Simon Changer .... score recording and mix engineer
Transportation Department
Ray Ambler .... unit driver
Mark Beeton .... transportation captain
Other crew
Stewart Allen .... floor runner: dailies
Sarah Aspinall .... publicist
Pip Ayers .... epk producer
Jenny Brassett .... production coordinator
Elizabeth Brizzell .... accounts assistant
Paula Casarin .... script supervisor
Sam Creed .... runner
Sara Doughty .... script supervisor: daily
Lucia Foster Found .... aerial operations coordinator
Janice Hadlow .... commissioned by
Kimberley Hikaka .... production executive
Dan Hillsdon .... financial controller
Ian Johnson .... publicist
Amy King .... base runner
Kassiani Koufaki .... production runner
Jon Rowe .... assistant coordinator
Will Samuelson .... helicopter camera pilot
Ben Stephenson .... commissioned by
Joel Stokes .... producers asssistant
Andy Stephens .... aerial operations manager (uncredited)
Rob Umney .... unit medic (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Directed by
Richard Eyre (episode director)
Rupert Goold (episode director)
Thea Sharrock (episode director)
Production CompaniesDistributors
  • BBC2 (2012) (UK) (TV)
Special EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

149 min

Did You Know?

James Purefoy, who plays Thomas Mowbray, was in A Knight's Tale as the Black Prince of Wales, Richard II's father.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Characters repeatedly mispronounce "Hereford" as "Hair-ford". The character is called "HERFORD" in the text. That is how Shakespeare wrote it and intended it to be said - the production is respecting that. Pronouncing it "Hereford" doesn't fit the poetic metre. Spellings and pronunciations were simply far more variable then.See more »
King Richard:Let's talk of graves, of worms and epitaphs. Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes write sorrow on the bosom of the earth. Let's choose executors and talk of wills. And yet not so. For what can we bequeath , save our deposed bodies to the ground? Our lands...See more »
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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Stunning - just stunning, 3 July 2012
Author: glasslens from London

Richard II is not on the list of Shakespeare plays that I would normally watch - certainly not at the theatre. But, as a bit of a Shakespeare buff, I thought I'd give this a go. From start to finish, this was just an amazing production. All of the key members of the cast were at the top of their already fine form. Ben Wishaw, as Richard, was outstanding and brought out just how dull many of the previous Richards such as Olivier had been in comparison. Rupert Goolde's direction brought out so much from his cast and his timing - so vital in Shakespeare, was spot on. But I have to say that Danny Cohen's cinematography was the absolute star of the show. Every shot - and I mean every shot - was beautiful. Beautiful in composition, in movement, in lighting and in grading. The TV just glowed in fantastic shot after shot. I think it was shot on video rather than film but this is the very best "film look" I've yet to see. And let's not forget the sound - always perfectly clear, beautifully recorded and mixed. For those of us who often despair at the production values of TV drama, this was a delight to see. Let us hope that other TV drama execs will see and learn. A huge congratulations to everyone involved.

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