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The Hollow Crown

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Air weekdate: Saturday
Genre: Drama, Mini-Series
Channel: BBC Two
Status: Ended
9.1 (10 votes)
Ben Whishaw Ben Whishaw as Richard II
Tom Sturridge Tom Sturridge as Henry VI
Hugh Bonneville Hugh Bonneville as Duke of Gloucester
Jeremy Irons Jeremy Irons as Henry IV
Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston as Henry V
Anton Lesser Anton Lesser as Exeter
Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III
Clémence Poésy Clémence Poésy as Queen Isabella
David Morrissey David Morrissey as Earl of Northumberland
James Purefoy James Purefoy as Thomas Mowbray

The Hollow Crown brings together four filmed adaptations of Shakespeare's History Plays - Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. Starting in the year 1399, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play. Kings, with their families and followers, are threatened by rebellion and conflict. The story takes us from the Royal Court at Westminster to battlefields in England and France. These rich films are woven with the finest of Shakespeare's poetry and are filmed in the architecture and landscape of the period.

Cycle adaptations of William Shakespeare’s historical plays. A story about family, politics and power. The series tells the story of the rise and fall of the three kings and how their destinies shaped history – Richard II, Henry IV and 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.

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BBC Two has today announced further casting for Neal Street Productions and Carnival Films’ The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses. Judi Dench will play Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Richard III. Sophie Okonedo has been cast as Queen Margaret across all three films. Hugh Bonneville will play Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester and Sally Hawkins his wife Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester in Henry VI part 1. Keeley Hawes plays Queen Elizabeth in Henry VI part 2 and Richard III and Tom Sturridge has been cast as Henry VI in parts 1 and 2. Pippa Harris, executive producer for Neal Street Productions, says: “To have the chance to work with some of Britain’s most talented actors is a dream come true. We couldn’t be more delighted to have them on board.” Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “Building on the critical success of The Hollow Crown, this extraordinary cast and production team will raise the bar of British drama once more and build on BBC Two’s reputation for distinctive drama.” The three filmed adaptations – Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III – are co-produced by Neal Street Productions with Carnival Films / NBCUniversal and Thirteen following the success of BAFTA Award-winning The Hollow Crown. Executive producers are Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown for Neal Street Productions, David Horn for Thirteen and Gareth Neame for Carnival/NBCUniversal. It was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama. Dominic Cooke will direct all three films, Ben Power has adapted the plays for the screen and Rupert Ryle-Hodges will produce.

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