The Hollow Crown (2012–2016)
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Richard III 

Evil Richard plots his path to rule and layers that path with bodies of friend and foe alike.


Dominic Cooke


Ben Power




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Altin ... Murderer II
Isaac Andrews ... Prince Richard
Paul Bazely ... Catesby
Geoff Bell ... Murderer I
Robert Bowman Robert Bowman ... Mayor of London
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Richard III
Ben Daniels ... Buckingham
Alan David ... Bishop of Ely
Judi Dench ... Cecily
Keith Dunphy Keith Dunphy ... Ratcliffe
James Fleet ... Hastings
Phoebe Fox ... Anne
Simon Ginty ... George Stanley
Barney Harris ... Ned
Keeley Hawes ... Queen Elizabeth


Ten years after Henry's death Edward is taken fatally ill, speeding Richard's disposal of their brother George, Duke of Clarence. Made regent to Edward's young son, also Edward, Richard is cursed by the vengeful Margaret of Anjou but nonetheless embarks on a ruthless policy to acquire the crown, disposing of cousins Rivers and Grey and engineering the deaths of the young prince and his brother . This final act loses him the support of his former ally Buckingham, who also comes to an untimely end. Richard is declared king with the widowed lady Anne as his reluctant queen but there are many in the realm seeking to depose him, notably young Henry Tudor, who will meet with Richard at the decisive battle of Bosworth Field. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History | War



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In March 2015, Benedict Cumberbatch gave a reading at the burial of the real Richard III. Cumberbatch was already in production for playing the part of Richard, whose body had been found in 2012 buried under a car park. See more »


Version of Looking for Richard (1996) See more »

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A Family Affair
14 May 2021 | by Beneath_The_MoonSee all my reviews

Benedict Cumberbatch is apparently a second cousin (16 times removed) of the real Richard III, so it's apt that he should take on this epic tragedy. And he does a magnificent job, pulling us, the audience, into Richard's schemes like willing co-conspirators.

While wildly inaccurate historically, you can't help but love Shakespeare for the poetry of language and the pacing of the drama in this work. And this production takes full advantage of both. The performances here are all wonderful, and while I could wax lyrical about the intimacy of the production, the costumes, the sets, the players, I would hope any readers would be by now looking up how they can see this wonderful production for themselves.

You will not be disappointed.

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25 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Thirteen / WNET See more »
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