THE HOLLOW CROWN: THE WAR OF THE ROSES is a lavish three-part follow-up to the BAFTA winning The Hollow Crown, which aired in 2013 on THIRTEEN's Great Performances.Benedict Cumberbatch plays Richard of Gloucester (pronounced Gloster) who appears in small roles in Henry VI part 1 and 2, and of course is on stage for practically every bit of Richard III.
The first series of The Hollow Crown covered the so-called Henriad comprising Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II and Henry V. Now, The Wars of the Roses - which comes to GREAT PERFORMANCES on three consecutive Sundays beginning December 11 at 9 p.m. - picks up the story with epic film versions of Henry VI (in two parts) and Richard III.
Here's a review - it is going to be a treat when it hits American screens:
Richard III is my favorite Shakespeare play, and to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III - heaven!
And it is actually very fitting because apparently, according to DNA testing of the bones, Cumberbatch is a distant relation of the last Yorkist king!
|Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III. That white necklace is of a white boar - his badge|