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Richard II

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Shakespeare adaptation starring Ben Whishaw. King Richard is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and 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.

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.

2 hours, 20 minutes

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Mon 25 Apr 2016 23:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
King Richard Ben Whishaw
Bolingbroke Rory Kinnear
Duke of York David Suchet
Earl of Northumberland David Morrissey
Duchess of York Lindsay Duncan
Thomas Mowbray James Purefoy
Queen Isabella Clemence Poesy
Duke of Aumerle Tom Hughes
Gardener David Bradley
John of Gaunt Patrick Stewart
Abbot of Westminster Richard Bremmer
Groom Daniel Boyd
Lord Ross Peter De Jersey
Sir Stephen Scroop Tom Goodman-Hill
Sir Henry Green Harry Hadden-Paton
Sir John Bushy Ferdinand Kingsley
The Queen's Serving Lady Isabella Laughland
Lord Marshall Finbar Lynch
Bishop of Carlisle Lucian Msamati
Bagot Samuel Roukin
Lord Willoughby Adrian Schiller
Gardener's Assistant Simon Trinder
Producer Rupert Ryle-Hodges
Director Rupert Goold
Writer Rupert Goold
Writer Ben Power
Author William Shakespeare

Broadcasts

  • Sat 30 Jun 2012 21:00
  • Boxing Day 2012 23:30
  • Sat 29 Dec 2012 23:45
  • Mon 25 Apr 2016 23:00

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