The Hollow Crown: Richard II

The Hollow CrownThe Hollow Crown premiered on PBS on Friday night with Richard II, and honestly, it was even better than I’d expected, and I expected it to be good. Ben Whishaw was completely mesmerizing as Richard – he plays insane so very, very well. The cast had a surfeit of talent – Patrick Stewart, David Morrissey, James Purefoy, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Clemence Poesy, Tom Hughes, Lindsay Duncan, and more – and they all pulled this off beautifully. Shakespearean language on screen can sometimes seem artificial or stilted, but this absolutely did not; it was natural and full of meaning and emotion.

If you missed it, you can watch the whole episode right here:

The series continues this Friday with Henry IV, Part I.

Tom Hiddleston Previews The Hollow Crown

The Hollow CrownIn this video from PBS, Tom Hiddleston hosts a preview for The Hollow Crown, which premieres a week from today, Friday, September 20th, as part of the Great Performances series. It’s based on Shakespeare’s plays Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V. In addition to Hiddleston, the series stars Jeremy Irons, Michelle Dockery, Ben Whishaw, and more.

PBS Sets Dates for The Hollow Crown & The Paradise

The Hollow CrownPBS announced its fall programming slate and premiere dates yesterday, and there are a few items of interest for us. First, The Hollow Crown, based on Shakespeare’s plays Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V, will finally make it to this side of the pond on Fridays from September 20th through October 11th. The cast includes a lot of great British actors, such as Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, David Suchet, and Michelle Dockery. You can check out the BBC site for the show here.

And in October, Masterpiece Classic will premiere an adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel The Paradise, about “a young woman seduced by the dangerous charms of the modern world set against the Victorian splendor of a British department store.” It stars Joanna Vanderham. This also aired on the BBC last year, so you can learn more on their site.