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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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Series cast summary:
Anton Lesser ...  Exeter 4 episodes, 2012-2016
Simon Russell Beale ...  Falstaff 3 episodes, 2012
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ...  Bardolph 3 episodes, 2012
John Mackay ...  Brakenbury 3 episodes, 2016
Tom Hiddleston ...  Prince Hal / ... 3 episodes, 2012
Sophie Okonedo ...  Margaret 3 episodes, 2016
James Laurenson ...  Westmoreland 3 episodes, 2012
Tom Sturridge ...  Henry VI 3 episodes, 2016
Julie Walters ...  Mistress Quickly 3 episodes, 2012
Alun Armstrong ...  Northumberland 2 episodes, 2012
Will Attenborough ...  Gloucester 2 episodes, 2012
Conrad Asquith Conrad Asquith ...  Bracy 2 episodes, 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Richard / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Ben Daniels ...  Buckingham 2 episodes, 2016
Alan David Alan David ...  Bishop of Ely 2 episodes, 2016
Adrian Dunbar ...  Plantagenet 2 episodes, 2016
Ian Conningham ...  Peto 2 episodes, 2012
James Fleet ...  Hastings 2 episodes, 2016
Phoebe Fox ...  Anne 2 episodes, 2016
David Dawson ...  Poins 2 episodes, 2012
Drew Dillon Drew Dillon ...  Drawer 2 episodes, 2012
Michelle Dockery ...  Kate Percy 2 episodes, 2012
Barney Harris ...  Ned 2 episodes, 2016
Henry Faber Henry Faber ...  Lancaster 2 episodes, 2012
Keeley Hawes ...  Queen Elizabeth 2 episodes, 2016
Stuart McQuarrie Stuart McQuarrie ...  Vernon 2 episodes, 2016
John Heffernan ...  Francis 2 episodes, 2012
Ben Miles ...  Somerset 2 episodes, 2016
Matthew Needham Matthew Needham ...  Basset 2 episodes, 2016
Jeremy Irons ...  Henry IV 2 episodes, 2012
Lucy Robinson ...  Young Cecily 2 episodes, 2016
Paul Ritter ...  Pistol 2 episodes, 2012
Stanley Townsend ...  Warwick 2 episodes, 2016
Maxine Peake ...  Doll Tearsheet 2 episodes, 2012
Jo Stone-Fewings ...  Stanley 2 episodes, 2016
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ...  Edward IV 2 episodes, 2016
Dominic Rowan ...  Coleville 2 episodes, 2012
Jason Watkins ...  Suffolk 2 episodes, 2016
Matthew Tennyson ...  Clarence 2 episodes, 2012
Sam Troughton ...  George 2 episodes, 2016
Samuel Valentine ...  Grey 2 episodes, 2016
Al Weaver ...  Rivers 2 episodes, 2016
Jamie Ballard Jamie Ballard ...  Grieving Son / ... 2 episodes, 2016


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) See more »

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Den ihåliga kronan See more »

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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 »


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

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Can Shakespeare get any better?
30 March 2016 | by slydon13See 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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