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A mini-series 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)
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 Prince Hal / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
Tom Georgeson ...
 Bardolph (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Brakenbury (3 episodes, 2016)
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 Queen 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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 King's guardsman (3 episodes, 2016)
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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 III (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Duke of Buckingham (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Plantagenet (2 episodes, 2016)
Alan David ...
 Bishop of Ely (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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 Prince 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)
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 Somerset (2 episodes, 2016)
John Heffernan ...
 Francis (2 episodes, 2012)
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 ...
 Lord Stanley / ... (2 episodes, 2016)
Geoffrey Streatfeild ...
 Edward IV (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Suffolk (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Coleville (2 episodes, 2012)
Matthew Tennyson ...
 Clarence (2 episodes, 2012)
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 George, Duke of Clarence (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Rivers (2 episodes, 2016)
Jamie Ballard ...
 Grieving Son / ... (2 episodes, 2016)
Kevin Smith ...
 Fighting soldier / ... (2 episodes, 2012-2016)
Tina Holland ...
 Church Goer (2 episodes, 2012)
Jimm Stark ...
 Street Servant (2 episodes, 2012)
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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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Henry VI was murdered in the Tower of London; there are memorial statues of him in schools he founded. See more »

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

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A Conquest for a prince to boast of
9 October 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

"The Hollow Crown" is BBC's magnificent filming of the Shakespeare's second Henriad (Richard II with Henry IV's rise to power, Henry IV, parts I and II, and Henry V). I believe the first three of these have only been filmed in the old 1970s BBC series of Shakespeare's complete works, and although the old series was at its best with its version of Henry IV, "The Hollow Crown" is far above it. Simon Russell Beale is the ideal choice for Falstaff, even with Orson Welles hard on his heels in the Falstaff compilation "Chimes at Midnight", Tom Hiddleston is a great Prince Hal, and Jeremy Irons, never known to err, shines as the guilt-ridden King Henry IV.

There are some interesting comments on the bonus material for Henry IV, part II that explains why the plays come across so successfully in 2012. Thea Sharrock, director of Henry V, muses that people may be shocked at hearing the actors speak in real surroundings (on location), but of course, that's old hat. Even Olivier anticipated that in 1944 with his Henry V. Moviegoers are not that easily shocked anymore. And although Hiddelston is also mistaken in his claim that it has never been done before, he is right in stating that "Shakespeare is at its best when you speak it like you're making it up." Julie Walters adds, "You've got to speak the lines, not in a stilted isn't-the-verse-beautiful kind of way; it's got to be the way you talk"

This natural way of speaking the lines, more foreign to British Shakespeare productions than to American ones, accounts for the greatness of "The Hollow Crown".


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