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The Hollow Crown

Series 1

Episode 1: Richard II

Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Shakespeare adaptation starring Ben Whishaw. King Richard is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray. Show more


King Richard:
Ben Whishaw
Rory Kinnear
Duke of York:
David Suchet
Earl of Northumberland:
David Morrissey
Duchess of York:
Lindsay Duncan
Thomas Mowbray:
James Purefoy
Queen Isabella:
Clemence Poesy
Duke of Aumerle:
Tom Hughes
David Bradley
John of Gaunt:
Patrick Stewart
Abbot of Westminster:
Richard Bremmer
Lord Ross:
Peter De Jersey
Sir Stephen Scroop:
Tom Goodman-Hill
Sir Henry Green:
Harry Hadden-Paton
Sir John Bushy:
Ferdinand Kingsley
The Queen's Serving Lady:
Isabella Laughland
Lord Marshall:
Finbar Lynch
Bishop of Carlisle:
Lucian Msamati
Lord Willoughby:
Adrian Schiller
Gardener's Assistant:
Simon Trinder
Rupert Goold
Ben Power


Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

19th-century drama based on the slow-burning love affair between poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw), cursed by poverty and ill-health, and young seamstress Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Show more