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:

Daily Read (5/5/16)

I hear some of you like Benedict Cumberbatch? Here he is talking about playing Richard III in the new season of The Hollow Crown. (I just glanced at the cast list for that episode and it’s GREAT, of course.)

Apparently Josh Boone has confirmed he’s written a script for the Interview with the Vampire reboot. Maybe I will finally get around to reading that book.

Huh: A modern Midsummer Night’s Dream with Rachel Leigh Cook, Hamish Linklater, Avan Jogia, Lily Rabe, and others?

Speaking of Shakespeare: Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts may star in Ophelia, based on the Lisa Klein novel based, of course, on Hamlet.

FX has optioned Don DeLillo’s forthcoming novel Zero K.

The Casual Vacancy & More TV Casting

Michael GambonThe BBC/HBO miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has cast Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, Abigail Lawrie, Rufus Jones, Keeley Forsyth, Simon McBurney, Richard Glover, Marie Critchley, and Michelle Austin.

The Recovery Road pilot has cast Sebastian De Souza, Alexis Carra, and Doug Savant.

Sophie Okonedo has joined The Hollow Crown as Margaret of Anjou.

Toby Sebastian has been cast in the miniseries of The Red Tent.

The Hollow Crown: Henry V

The Hollow CrownThe Hollow Crown has concluded its run on PBS’s Great Performances with Henry V, starring Tom Hiddleston. If you missed this final episode, you can watch it below, thanks to PBS. Did you watch this series? What did you think? I haven’t had a chance to watch this last episode yet, but I’ve been extremely impressed with the series in general.

The Hollow Crown Clip: St. Crispin’s Day Speech from Henry V

The Hollow CrownThe Hollow Crown concludes its run on PBS’s Great Performances tomorrow with Henry V, which of course includes the famous St. Crispin’s Day speech (whence the phrase “band of brothers,” among others). Want to see Tom Hiddleston give that speech? Of course you do.

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 1

The Hollow CrownThe Hollow Crown continued on PBS’s Great Performances this weekend with Henry IV Part 1, and while Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons were just as wonderful as you’d expect, a particular highlight for me was Michelle Dockery as Lady Percy. She really does the best eye-rolling of anyone in the business. Miss the episode? Thanks to PBS, you can watch the whole thing below:

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.