DVD and BluRay: The Hollow Crown (12)
Saturday 29 September 2012
"Take honour from me and my life is done".
Honour and betrayal are beautifully scrutinised in these four BBC outstanding adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V. The key is the casting, which is perfect across the b(o)ard: Ben Whishaw's fey Richard II, Simon Russell Beale's bloated, vain Falstaff, Patrick Stewart's crushed John of Gaunt and, best of all, Tom Hiddleston's sympathetic Henry V. Breathtaking television.
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