New Clips from The Hollow Crown

I love the BBC’s Shakespearean history play adaptations that are collected together as The Hollow Crown, and while I haven’t yet seen a date for the new season airing in the U.S., the Beeb has kindly put a bunch of clips on YouTube, so at least we can enjoy those!

Queen Margaret strikes the Duchess of Gloucester:

Edward IV is captivated by Elizabeth:

Richard III dreams of the throne:

Richard III and Richmond rally their troops for battle:

Trailer: Wolf Hall

Wolf HallWheee! The BBC has released the first trailer for Tudor miniseries Wolf Hall, based on the novels by Hilary Mantel. The show stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. In the U.S., PBS will air the series on Masterpiece starting on April 5th. Can’t wait!

TV News: The Magicians, Clan of the Cave Bear, Shannara, & More

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians will be a pilot at Syfy.

Lifetime has ordered a Clan of the Cave Bear pilot.

MTV has ordered fantasy series Shannara based on Terry Brooks’s novels.

BBC Two and BBC America have ordered an eight-episode historical drama adapted from Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom.

Alloy is developing a show based on K.L. Going’s King of the Screwups.

Teaser & TCA Roundup: Parade’s End

HBO announced at TCA that they will be premiering the BBC Two miniseries Parade’s End on February 26. It’s based on a series of novels by Ford Madox Ford, but these days you can easily find them together in one volume. The BBC’s description: “In the dying days of the Edwardian Empire, Christopher Tietjens enters into a destructive marriage with the beautiful but cruel socialite Sylvia.” It seems that World War I and a suffragette are also involved. The miniseries, written by Tom Stoppard (Anna Karenina), stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, and Adelaide Clemens. Here’s some coverage of the TCA panel, as well as the teaser trailer:

And here’s some earlier coverage, as Parade’s End has already aired in England:

I’ll have a review of the books for you as we get closer to the premiere date, as well as, of course, some thoughts on the miniseries itself when it airs.