27 January 2015

The Hollow Crown

Production Company: Neal St Productions for BBC
Directed by Rupert Goold, Richard Eyre, Thea Sharrock
Written by William Shakespeare, Richard Eyre, Rupert Goold, Ben Power, Thea Sharrock.
Produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges and executive produced by Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes, Gareth Neame, David Horn
Starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters

Originally aired on BBC2 in 2012, The Hollow Crown is a tale of family, politics and power. The films tell the rise and fall of three Kings and how their destiny shaped our history. Richard II is a vain, self-indulgent man who rules with little regard for his people’€™s welfare. He is ultimately overthrown by his cousin Bolingbroke, who ascends the throne as Henry IV. Henry IV’€™s reign is marred by his own guilt over Richard’€™s death, civil war, and the fear that his son Hal is a total wastrel. When Hal comes to the throne as Henry V he is left to bury the ghosts of his father’€™s past whilst fighting his own demons.