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The Hollow Crown 2012

  • 2016-10-29T21:00:00+01:00s at 2016-10-29T21:00:00+01:00 on BBC Two
  • 2012-06-30T16:00:00-04:00
  • 114 mins
  • 13 hours, 18 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama, History
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.

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These adaptations are absolutely riveting TV. I hesitated in giving them a "Ninja" perfect score because certain subtlies of Shakespeare are altered for television, but these are thrilling versions.

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