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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.

Cast: Henry IV - Jeremy Irons; John of Gaunt - Patrick Stewart; Duchess of York - Lindsay Duncan; Duke of Aumerle - Tom Hughes; Queen Isabella - Clémence Poésy; Thomas Mowbray - James Purefoy; Richard II - Ben Whishaw; Henry Bolingbroke - Rory Kinnear; Duke of York - David Suchet; Falstaff - Simon Russell Beale; Prince Hal a.k.a. Henry V - Tom Hiddleston; Earl of Northumberland - David Morrissey; Abbot of Westminster - Richard Bremmer; Bishop of Carlisle - Lucian Msamati; Lady in Waiting to the Queen - Isabella Laughland; Sir Piers of Exton - Finbar Lynch;

Network: BBC Two (United Kingdom)
Premiered: 30.June.2012
Status: Ended