The Hollow Crown Preview: “Henry IV, Part 2” [VIDEO and PHOTOS]
We’ve always loved Shakespeare and the fact that so many well-known British actors get to work together and put their stamp on these characters is very exciting. If you’ve been watching the past few weeks or if this is your first episode, there is a lot to like about this series. We catch you up on what you’ve missed so far and preview the next part of Henry IV’s story.
Great Performances: The Hollow Crown
This ambitious four-part miniseries assembles four of Shakespeareâ€™s history plays â€” Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V â€” into a single chronological narrative. The original â€œGame of Thronesâ€ 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 IIÂ premiered Friday, September 20 (now available on pbs.org)
Henry IV, Part IÂ premiered Friday, September 27 (now available on pbs.org)
Henry IV, Part IIÂ premiered Friday, October 4 (now available on pub.org)
Henry VÂ premieres Friday, October 11
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), Bolingbrokeâ€™s father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the king. After seizing Gauntâ€™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 1:
The heir to the throne, Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston), defies his father, King Henry (Jeremy Irons), by spending his time at Mistress Quicklyâ€™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 Halâ€™s rival, Hotspur (Joe Armstrong), Hotspurâ€™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.Â Michelle DockeryÂ plays Hotspurâ€™s wife, Kate Percy.
Henry IV, Part 2:
In the aftermath of the Battle of Shrewsbury, Northumberland learns of the death of his son. The Lord Chief Justice (Geoffrey Palmer) attempts, on behalf of the increasingly frail king, to separate Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) from Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston). The rebels continue to plot insurrection. Falstaff is sent to recruit soldiers and takes his leave of his mistress, Doll Tearsheet (Maxine Peake). The rebel forces are overcome, bringing comfort to the dying king, who is finally reconciled to his son. Falstaff rushes to Halâ€™s coronation with expectations of high office, only to be rebuffed by the former prince who has now become King Henry V.
The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2Â premieres Friday, October 4th at 9/8c on PBS.
All photos courtesy ofÂ Joss Barratt/Neal Street Productions.
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