Richard II

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Episode 1 of 4

Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes

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.

King Richard is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray. Richard calls for a duel but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. Richard visits John of Gaunt, Bolingbroke's father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the king. After seizing Gaunt's money and land, Richard leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim back his inheritance. Supported by his allies, Northumberland and the Duke of York, Bolingbroke takes Richard prisoner and lays claim to the throne.

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Credits

King Richard
Ben Whishaw
Bolingbroke
Rory Kinnear
Earl of Northumberland
David Morrissey
Duchess of York
Lindsay Duncan
Thomas Mowbray
James Purefoy
Gardener
David Bradley
John of Gaunt
Patrick Stewart
Sir Stephen Scroop
Tom Goodman-Hill
Sir Henry Green
Harry Hadden-Paton
Bishop of Carlisle
Lucian Msamati
Lord Willoughby
Adrian Schiller

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