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The Hollow Crown Trailer

“Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings.”

This is a good year to be British. Not only are we playing host to the Olympics this summer, but we're also celebrating a special anniversary for our most famous citizen – James Bond. Yes, the 007 franchise is 50 this year and we couldn't be more proud. Sure,  Queen is also celebrating her Diamond Jubilee but who cares about that. Last time I checked, Her Majesty didn't save the world from mad men with secret volcano lairs. Well, there was that one time, but we're not supposed to talk about that.

As part of this year of Great Britishness, the BBC has decided to do a season of programmes celebrating our most famous author. No, not J.K. Rowling. They couldn't get the rights for her works. Instead they're doing it on William Shakespeare. The centrepiece of this season is The Hollow Crown, an adaptation of the Bard's History Tetralogy, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, and Henry V.

I am really excited for this. Not only are these four of Bill's best plays (Henry V being my all-time favourite), but the cast is just to die for. These four films will star, deep breath, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, David Morrissey, James Purefoy, Clémence Poésy, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Julie Walters, Michelle Dockery, Maxine Peake, Alun Armstrong, Iain Glen, Geoffrey Palmer, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt and many more.

Check out the trailer below and see more clips at the official site.


  1. Mark -- I saw this on the telly the other night and went weak in the knees. These are four of my favourites and, you're right, the casting is amazing.

    Any idea when it's going to kick off?

  2. The BBC's site just says June. The Beeb often hold off on announcing official air-dates until the very last minute. Just do what I do and keep checking the Radio Times.

  3. Even as a non-Brit, I'm really looking forward to this. They really outsid themselves with the casting. Any idea when it will air in the States?

  4. Sadly, all I've heard is that the series might be shown on BBC America some time next year. That's not official, just rumour.

  5. That makes me very sad. The BBC/BBCA had been somewhat good about airing shows in the States.

    I hope someone uploads them on YouTube

    Thanks for the info, Mark!

  6. Looks like the series will start airing June 30th on BBC2.


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