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Richard II

The Hollow Crown, Series 1 Episode 1 of 5

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.

Release date:

2 hours, 20 minutes

Last on

Mon 25 Apr 2016 23:00


Role Contributor
King RichardBen Whishaw
BolingbrokeRory Kinnear
Duke of YorkDavid Suchet
Earl of NorthumberlandDavid Morrissey
Duchess of YorkLindsay Duncan
Thomas MowbrayJames Purefoy
Queen IsabellaClemence Poesy
Duke of AumerleTom Hughes
GardenerDavid Bradley
John of GauntPatrick Stewart
Abbot of WestminsterRichard Bremmer
GroomDaniel Boyd
Lord RossPeter De Jersey
Sir Stephen ScroopTom Goodman-Hill
Sir Henry GreenHarry Hadden-Paton
Sir John BushyFerdinand Kingsley
The Queen's Serving LadyIsabella Laughland
Lord MarshallFinbar Lynch
Bishop of CarlisleLucian Msamati
BagotSamuel Roukin
Lord WilloughbyAdrian Schiller
Gardener's AssistantSimon Trinder
ProducerRupert Ryle-Hodges
DirectorRupert Goold
WriterRupert Goold
WriterBen Power
AuthorWilliam Shakespeare

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