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The Hollow Crown

The Wars of the Roses

Episode 3: Richard III

Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

At Westminster, Richard speaks about his deformity, the evil plots he has laid, and the decadence at court.

George, brother to Richard and the king, is arrested during a birthday feast for Prince Edward and led away to the tower. King Edward takes ill and collapses at the end of the feast. Richard arranges for George's murder in the Tower of London.

King Edward makes one last effort to end family disputes, but Richard interrupts with the news of George's death. After Edward also dies, Richard starts to take control.

Rivers and Grey are executed for treason and Prince Edward and Prince Richard are sent to the Tower for safe keeping. After a council meeting, Hastings is also executed. Buckingham persuades the citizens of London to plead with Richard to take up the throne. Richard is crowned at Westminster Abbey with Anne as his queen. Unrewarded for his efforts, Buckingham distances himself from Richard and his regime. Now, without the support of his main henchman, Richard III hires Tyrell to murder the princes in the tower.

The Duke of Richmond and his supporters join forces to seize the crown and overthrow Richard. In his underground quarters at Westminster, Richard becomes isolated and paranoid. He takes Stanley's son hostage and arranges for the murder of Anne.

Richard is forced to lead his army to confront Richmond at Bosworth Field. Buckingham is executed for desertion.

Stanley joins forces with Richmond and Richard's army is outnumbered. Richmond delivers the fatal blow to Richard in single combat and Richmond is crowned Henry VII.

The Houses of York and Lancaster are united, the white rose with the red. Show less


Dominic Cooke
Ben Power
Ben Daniels
Judi Dench
James Fleet
Queen Elizabeth:
Keeley Hawes
Henry VI:
Tom Sturridge
Murderer II:
Josef Altin
Prince Richard:
Isaac Andrews
Paul Bazely
Murderer I:
Geoff Bell
Mayor of London:
Robert Bowman
Bishop of Ely:
Alan David
Keith Dunphy
George Stanley:
Simon Ginty
Princess Elizabeth:
Madison Lygo
John MacKay
Prince Edward:
Caspar Morley
Jude Owusu
Penny Ryder
Torch Bearer:
Sid Sagar
Al Weaver
Production Company:
Neal Street Productions

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