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didnt anyone else watch The Hollow Crown at the weekend?

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NoahVale Mon 09-May-16 11:11:02

It was marvellous
and next saturday will star Benedict Cumberbatch!

Cooroo Tue 10-May-16 07:01:37

I really enjoyed it. Turns out it's a long, rambling play not all written by WS and rarely performed, so I thought they did a great job of cutting it down to something really exciting. Two Saturdays of Cumberbatch? Rory Kinnear would be even better but I'm not complaining.

Nice strong role for the queen in the last one. She certainly knew how to play the game!

NoahVale Tue 10-May-16 07:50:09

i saw it previously with Ben Wishaw, not a big Shakespeare fan, not very knowledgeable, but the language is beautiful

KurriKurri Tue 10-May-16 13:35:07

I watched it - thought it was really good, although it's not my favourite series of plays.

I would watch Sophie Okenedo in anything - I think she's a fabulous actor and bloody gorgeous. And Margaret is such an interesting character

I did spend quite a lot of time playing 'spot the well know actor' and going through the 'what's he/she been in?' annoyance though grin

Anton Lesser is brilliant too - he's got a great face for historical stuff somehow, loved him in Wolf Hall.

Looking forward to the next installments.

Davros Tue 10-May-16 14:02:24

I'm hoping to see it on iplayer. Better get on with it blush

polyhymnia Wed 11-May-16 23:45:48

Really liked Ben Miles in it. Margaret's dalliance with him very understandable ! Loved him in stage version of Wolf Hall too.

pavlova71 Thu 12-May-16 16:57:48

This is quality TV - with Shakespeare made digestible and thrilling, and a brilliant cast. Love it.

Bolingbroke Thu 12-May-16 17:02:57

Need to catch up on iPlayer. Watched Richard II, Henry IV part I and part of part II last week on iPlayer. Henry V disappeared before I got round to it alas.

stareatthetvscreen Fri 13-May-16 00:20:33

absolutely excellent tv - have been following the whole season.just fab.

AHellOfABird Tue 17-May-16 08:55:45

I am enjoying it!

lucysnowe Tue 17-May-16 14:49:58

Love it, esp the guy who played the king - quite a hard role to play - a nice guy, but bit of a pain as a King smile Sophie Okenedo was awesome, esp the scene with the crown of white roses (I can't watch any gore on GoT but could stomach this for some reason...) bit of a frisson with Somerset too. Was their affair actually in Shakespeare or did they extrapolate quite a lot from the dialogue? Looking forward to Richard III this week, and it's nice to see what happened to young Richard and how that could turn him into a monster.

AHellOfABird Tue 17-May-16 17:56:37

I think there was a rumour at the time that Prince Edward wasn't Henry's; not sure what Shakespeare had to say about it (it was in his interest to legitimise the York claim here, though, as his monarch descended from Edward IV)

coldcanary Tue 17-May-16 23:21:20

Finally up to speed. Tom Sturridge really was good as Henry, he's a little too understated at times though.
I see Benedict is going for the full on scenery chewing Richard...
Sophie Okenedo is possibly one of the best actresses around.

AHellOfABird Tue 17-May-16 23:55:56

I suppose people did look older in those days with bad health and things but Edward IV was 23 and Elizabeth Woodville 28 when they got married and neither of them looked anything like that young!

AugustaFinkNottle Sat 28-May-16 10:41:35

I've been catching up with this and really enjoying it. It's actually prompted me into educating myself on the Wars of the Roses, which had passed me by previously. One of the many impressive things is the way the cast handle the Shakespearian language in such a way that it's perfectly accessible.

However, I did get battle overload a bit in the Henry VI plays - I can see it was unavoidable and very well done, but I have to admit to switching off a bit in those parts.

SorrelForbes Sun 29-May-16 22:50:27

Just catching up with these now. Loved the previous four (mostly for Joe Armstrong!). Quality TV.

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