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The Hollow Crown Preview: “Henry IV, Part 1” [VIDEO and PHOTOS] 

Photo Credit: Joss Barratt/Neal Street Productions
Photo Credit: Joss Barratt/Neal Street Productions

There is so much great acting talent in this series, but we have to admit you had us at Tom Hiddleston. We’re huge fans of Shakespeare and we remember hearing about this series when it premiered across the pond. We’re excited we’re finally getting to see it stateside.

From PBS

Great Performances: The Hollow Crown

This ambitious four-part miniseries assembles four of Shakespeare’s history plays — Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V — into a single chronological narrative. The original “Game of Thrones” has inspired bold film adaptations with a cast of leading British and Hollywood talent including Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Julie Walters, David Suchet, Michelle Dockery and David Morrissey.

Richard II premiered Friday, September 20 (now available on

Henry IV, Part I premiered Friday, September 27 (now available on

Henry IV, Part II premiered Friday, October 4 (now available on

Henry V premieres Friday, October 11

Richard II:

King Richard (Ben Whishaw) is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear) and Thomas Mowbray (James Purefoy). Richard calls for a duel, but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. Richard visits John of Gaunt (Patrick Stewart), Bolingbroke’s father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the king. After seizing Gaunt’s money and lands, Richard leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim his inheritance. Supported by his allies, Northumberland (David Morrissey) and the Duke of York (David Suchet), Bolingbroke takes Richard prisoner and lays claim to the throne.

Henry IV, Part I:

The heir to the throne, Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston), defies his father, King Henry (Jeremy Irons), by spending his time at Mistress Quickly’s (Julie Walters) tavern in the company of the dissolute Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) and his companions. The king is threatened by a rebellion led by Hal’s rival, Hotspur (Joe Armstrong), Hotspur’s father Northumberland (Alun Armstrong) and his uncle Worcester (David Hayman). In the face of this danger to the state, Prince Hal joins his father to defeat the rebels at the Battle of Shrewsbury and kill Hotspur in hand-to-hand combat. Michelle Dockery plays Hotspur’s wife, Kate Percy.

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part I premieres Friday, September 27th at 9/8c on PBS.


Tom Hiddleston previews the series:

The Hollow Crown Trailer:

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part I Preview:


All photos credited to Joss Barratt/Neal Street Productions.

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