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Hey, Shakespeare enthusiasts, have you heard? BBC Two has a new series just for you!  The Hollow Crown is an adaptation of  Shakespeare’s historical plays: Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. Now, maybe it’s just me but I feel like they’re trying to ride the Game of Thrones wave with this one.

The films are aired in chronological order starting with Richard II in 1399 and follow the chain of bloody events to the time of Henry V. The series was commissioned by BBC Two for their Shakespeare Unlocked season, which I haven’t had a chance to check out yet, but will certainly look into as soon as I can. King Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V are played by Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston  respectively.

I’m not surprised that they decided to make Shakespeare’s history plays into films. In my opinion they are very cinematic and work much better on screen than on stage. After all, a movie can show you a battlefield or a regal castle in a way that would be impossible in the theater. And judging by the trailer, there are some astonishingly magnificent set pieces in this one.

Don’t know about you, but this is what I’ll be watching for the next few Saturdays. The series started last night, June 30th, with Richard II.    

More info over at BBC Two.

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