The Hollow Crown

December 2016

Hollow Crown: Richard Iii

Expired 3.0 98 x
Richard (Benedict Cumberbatch), the most notorious of Shakespeare's kings, manipulates and betrays his way through the court on a bloodthirsty and ruthless path to the throne. But after Richard's defeat at the battle of Bosworth Field, the Houses of Lancaster and York - the red rose and the white - are united, bringing to an end the Wars of the Roses and long tumultuous period of civil strife.

Hollow Crown: Henry Vi Part Two

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Bitter rivalries erupt into the Wars of the Roses. The feeble King Henry (Tom Sturridge) is overshadowed by Queen Margaret (Sophie Okonedo) and her faction of Lancastrian Lords, his reign further undermined by disaffected nobles supporting the House of York. Battle and bloodshed ensues and the Yorkists triumph. Edward IV (Geoffrey Streatfeild) takes the throne, but his youngest brother Richard has his eyes firmly on the crown.

Hollow Crown: Henry Vi Part One

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The King is dead and England is in crisis. War rages with the French and divisions with the English court threaten the crown. Young Henry VI (Tom Sturridge) causes outrage by marrying Margaret of Anjou (Sophie Okonedo), forcing an unwanted truce; the scene is set for Civil War.

Hollow Crown: Henry V

Expired 3.0 61 x
Henry V (Tom Hiddleston) has settled onto the throne and has the makings of a fine King. The French Ambassador (Jeremy Covillault) brings a challenge from the French Dauphin. Inspired by his courtiers, Exeter (Anton Lesser) and York (Paterson Joseph), Henry swears that he will, with all force, answer this challenge. The Chorus (John Hurt) tells of England’s preparations for war and Henry’s army sails for France. After Exeter’s diplomacy is rebuffed by the French King (Lambert Wilson) Henry lays...
November 2016

Hollow Crown: Henry Iv Part 2

Expired 3.0 54 x
In the aftermath of the Battle of Shrewsbury, Northumberland (Alun Armstrong) learns of the death of his son. The Lord Chief Justice (Geoffrey Palmer) attempts on behalf of the increasingly frail King (Jeremy Irons) to separate Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) from Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston). The rebels continue to plot insurrection. Falstaff is sent to recruit soldiers and takes his leave of his mistress, Doll Tearsheet (Maxine Peake). The rebel forces are overcome. This brings comfort to the d...

Hollow Crown: Henry Iv Part 1

Expired 3.0 68 x
Tom Hiddleston plays Prince Hal, the rebellious heir to the throne who defies his father, the King (Jeremy Irons) by spending his time at Mistress Quickly's (Julie Walters) tavern in th ecompany of the dissolute Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) and his companions. The King is threatened by a rebellion led by Hal's rival Hotspur (Joe Armstrong), Hotspur's father Northumberland (Alun Armstrong) and his uncle Worcester (David Hayman). In the face of this threat to the state, Prince Hal joins his fat...

Season 1 Episode 1 - Richard II

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King Richard (Ben Whishaw) is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear) and Thomas Mowbray (James Purefoy). 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 (Patrick Stewart), Bolingbroke’s Father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the King. After seizing Gaunt’s money and lands, Richard leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim...