The Hollow Crown

Four film adaptations of Shakespeare’s historical plays – Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V – were originally aired on BBC Two last year called the Hollow Crown. PBS began releasing them September 20th this year as part of their Great Performances series, and because PBS is fabulous, they’re uploaded online after they’ve aired! Each segment is about 2 hours long and soooo good!
Something I’ve noticed more and more with BBC series: there’s a limit of actors on the island. There are so many actors who will show up in a minor position in the Hollow Crown were I go “Oh! There’s Mrs. Weasley, what’s she doing here!” or “Isn’t that the lawyer from Silks?” or “Mary from Downton?” or “Holy crap! It’s Tom Hiddleston!” (*melt*). It feels a bit like a who’s who of British actors.
I’m glad that these plays were given such a good re-make, I’d recommend checking them out, even if you don’t have 8 hours to spare… I mean who needs sleep when you can watch TV anyway?


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