The Hollow Crown (TV series)
|The Hollow Crown|
|Based on||Selected works of William Shakespeare's history plays|
|Directed by||Rupert Goold
|Music by||Cycle I
Stephen Warbeck (2 episodes)
Adam Cork (1 episode)
Adrian Johnston (1 episode)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||Sam Mendes|
|Running time||Cycle I
Henry IV Part I
Henry IV Part II
Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
and Henry VI, Part III
|Production company(s)||Neal Street Productions
|Original network||BBC Two
The first cycle is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II and Henry V, starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston. Olivier Award winners Rupert Goold, Richard Eyre and Thea Sharrock directed the telefilms, which were produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges for BBC Two and executive produced by Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris under Neal Street Productions in association with NBCUniversal. The first series, which aired in the United Kingdom in 2012, received positive reviews from critics. Ben Whishaw and Simon Russell Beale won British Academy Television Awards for Leading actor and Supporting actor for their performances, and Jeremy Irons was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Actor for his role as Henry IV. The first episode, Richard II, was nominated for the Best Single Drama at the BAFTAs.
The BBC aired the concluding cycle in 2016 as The Hollow Crown – The Wars of the Roses, a reference to Wars of the Roses. The plays were produced in 2015 by the same team that made the first series of films but were directed by the former artistic director of Royal Court Theatre and Olivier Award winner, Dominic Cooke. They are based on Shakespeare's first tetralogy: Henry VI, Part I, Henry VI, Part II, Henry VI, Part III and Richard III. The adaptation presents Henry VI in two parts, incorporating all three Henry VI plays. In April 2014, BBC Two announced that Benedict Cumberbatch would play King Richard III.
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- Italics indicates a non-speaking cameo
|Film||Director||Original air date|
|Richard II||Rupert Goold||30 June 2012|
|Henry IV, Part I||Richard Eyre||7 July 2012|
|Henry IV, Part II||14 July 2012|
|Henry V||Thea Sharrock||21 July 2012|
|Henry VI, Part I||Dominic Cooke||7 May 2016|
|Henry VI, Part II and Part III||14 May 2016|
|Richard III||21 May 2016|
The BBC scheduled the screening of Shakespeare's history plays as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, a celebration of British culture coinciding with the 2012 Summer Olympics. Sam Mendes signed up as executive producer to adapt all four plays in September 2010. He is joined as executive producer by Pippa Harris (both representing Neal Street Productions), Rupert Ryle-Hodges as producer, Gareth Neame (NBCUniversal), and Ben Stephenson (BBC).
The concluding cycle of plays were produced in 2015 by the same team that made the first series and were directed by Dominic Cooke. Richard III was played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Executive producer Pippa Harris stated, "The critical and audience reaction to The Hollow Crown series set the bar high for Shakespeare on screen, and Neal Street (Productions) is delighted to be making the concluding part of this great history cycle. By filming the ‘Henry VI’ plays as well as ‘Richard III,’ we will allow viewers to fully appreciate how such a monstrous tyrant could find his way to power, bringing even more weight and depth to this iconic character."
The first four plays aired on consecutive Saturday evenings on BBC Two between 30 June and 21 July 2012. The start time of Henry IV, Part I on 7 July was delayed by an hour because of coverage of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, and the play was shown a second time the following evening on BBC Four. The plays were shown in the United States from 20 September to 11 October 2013 as part of the PBS Great Performances series.
All four plays were shown again on consecutive evenings on BBC Four in April 2016 as part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival commemorating the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.
The overseas and DVD rights for The Hollow Crown series are owned by NBC Universal. A Region 2 DVD set of the four films was released on 1 October 2012. A Region 1 DVD set was released on 17 September 2013. A 2-disc DVD set of The Wars of the Roses was released on 20th June 2016.
The original music soundtrack from The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses composed by Dan Jones was released on the Wave Theory Records label in June 2016 and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
|Music & Sound Awards 2013||Nominated||Sound Design (TV Programme)||The Hollow Crown|
|South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2013||Nominated||Best TV Drama|
|Won||Times Breakthrough||Tom Hiddleston|
|Broadcasting Press Guild 2013||Won||Best Single Drama||The Hollow Crown|
|Nominated||Best Actor||Ben Whishaw|
|BAFTA Television Awards 2013||Won||Leading Actor (Richard II)|
|Won||Supporting Actor||Simon Russell Beale (Henry IV Part II)|
|Nominated||Single Drama||Richard II|
|RTS Programme Awards 2013||Won||Single Drama|
|BAFTA Craft Awards 2013||Won||Original Television Music||Stephen Warbeck (Henry IV)|
|Won||Sound (Fiction)||Tim Fraser, Adrian Rhodes, Keith Marriner (Richard II)|
|Nominated||Costume Design||Odile Dicks-Mireaux (Richard II)|
|British Society of Cinematographers||Nominated||Best Cinematography in a Television Drama||Ben Smithard|
|4th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Nominated||Best Miniseries||The Hollow Crown|
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