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Patricia | 8 comments Would like to find out if anyone has seen the series The Hollow Crown, which is a television adaptation of Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V


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Don (donbcivil) | 8 comments YES! It is so, so excellent.

And there is a new Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses available on DVD in just over a week. Covers the Henry VI plays and Richard III.


Patricia | 8 comments Oh really?? I will look into this.
The first series was really good, and Ben Wishaw as Richard II just blew me away.....so much so that I bought an Arden copy of Richard II to study it on my own.... I loved the language of this play, very similar to Romeo and Juliet.
Anyway, thanks for the heads up


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Don (donbcivil) | 8 comments I thought the first series was really excellently done in all respects. Ben Wishaw, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons...all the supporting cast.

Watching the second series online has been hit and miss...lots of interruptions and fail. Didn't see any of the final episode, Richard III.
I thought they chose their story lines from the text well.


Patricia | 8 comments Don wrote: "I thought the first series was really excellently done in all respects. Ben Wishaw, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons...all the supporting cast.

Watching the second series online has been hit and miss...."


Well the DVD comes out on 20 June so I'll get it since I have the first series, good collection to have


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Lesley-Anne Miller | 1 comments I saw everything and I enjoyed them very much. Richard 111 particularly. Pretty powerful stuff.


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Thank you for the reviews! I'd love to know more....and I had no idea there was such a series. I am looking for it now!


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Lea (learachel) | 197 comments Me too! I've just found them on Amazon. For both series together it will be close to $50, but worth it I imagine with all these positive reviews, wow!


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Lea (learachel) | 197 comments Ok, in the two minutes it took me to write the above message, the first series sold out online! I now have to wait two to four weeks until more items become available. Ah! Must order more quickly next time, I guess...


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William J.Roby (Consta) | 11 comments Talking of series on Shakespeare, the BBC did an excellent radio play of 'The Merchant of Venice' ( I heard it in 1987, but it might pre-date then.) Maybe available on BBC CD somewhere. I used to have a copy on the old audio cassettes but have since lost it.


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Dawn (goodreadscomdawn_irena) | 24 comments If you are an Amazon Prime member you can stream the Hollow Crown Series as you like ! I am so tempted right now ! I have been binging on series throughout the summer while there are no new or exciting things on TV to rest my eyes from reading . I really would read 24 hours a day ! But, the eye doctor says it does make a difference and my prescription from last year to this year changed slightly ! I would not worry but macular degeneration and glaucoma run in my family on my Mom's side . Poor love , she read so much and looked forward to Daddy retiring and living out among the countryside and reading . MD got her and she barely sees faces . She only has a bit of sight left due to experimental shots that work on some and not others. My brother has the beginning of MD . I have been lucky so far. Please take care of your eyes and rest them at least every two hours . Audibles are wonderful , but I have to have my books . I will by a book to have it in hand and listen to the audible !!! That just means later in time I can revisit an old friend .

Enjoy today and take care of your lovely eyes ,
Dawn


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Lea (learachel) | 197 comments OMG! I'm sorry for the all caps, but I am just in awe right now. I just watched Ben Whishaw as Richard II and I have never seen such a good performance of Richard II in my life before. Now I just need to find the time to watch it again. I was riveted! I mean actually riveted, I couldn't pull my eyes away from the television whatsoever, not even to go to the bathroom! Superb!


B. P. Rinehart (ken_moten) | 72 comments I have see most of the plays of both seasons excluding Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1. I was impressed with how well acted and well researched it was. They went for straight-up historical realism on props and action and for me it worked.


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Candy | 2604 comments Mod
How is it going with those of you watching this series? I still haven't had time to watch.

What can you tell me about it?

Is it line-for-line adaptation of the plays? How many hours or minutes is each film?

I truly never thought these could be produced like the BBC first sets....so I am really amazed


B. P. Rinehart (ken_moten) | 72 comments It is line for line...but the scenes don't always happen in the same order (this is mostly the case for the Henry VI plays). The BBC gets the period aesthetic very accurate, which is a big plus in my eyes.

From both seasons my favorite adaptions were Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, and Richard III. They are, overall, a solid introduction to Shakespeare's English history plays.


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Lea (learachel) | 197 comments I'm sad to say I haven't got very far in the first series. I'm on Henry V, and have been for weeks. But that's just because I've been SO busy at work lately. It is most definitely NOT because of the series. From what I have seen, the productions are just breath taking - all aspects of them!


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Candy | 2604 comments Mod
Why does silly old work always get in the way of fun!

Just think Lea, we could be reading Frances Yates and discussing her but instead...we have to work!

Boo!


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Janice (JG) PBS is running Great Performances The Hollow Crown: Henry VI this month, and it's really well-done. The plays are divided up as: Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 2, and Richard III. I think Part I is broken into two 2-hour performances. I believe you can still catch Part I on PBS streaming.


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DavidE (shaxton) | 358 comments I saw the series about a month ago (on DVD), and the titles are a bit misleading. If memory serves, what the series calls 'Part 2' covers both Henry VI, Part 2, and Henry VI, Part 3. But a good deal of Shakespeare's Part 2 is left out. All of the Jack Cade scenes are omitted--alas.


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Janice (JG) David wrote: "I saw the series about a month ago (on DVD), and the titles are a bit misleading. If memory serves, what the series calls 'Part 2' covers both Henry VI, Part 2, and Henry VI, Part 3. But a good dea..."

I'm enjoying the series, but from your comments, it looks like it would be pointless to try to follow along in the plays. I'll read them after I've seen them.


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Lea (learachel) | 197 comments David is correct. They combined Henry VI into just two plays. But they are riveting. I very much enjoyed the Hollow Crown series.


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Haaze | 2 comments Janice(JG) wrote: "I'm enjoying the series, but from your comments, it looks like it would be pointless to try to follow along in the plays. I'll read them after I've seen them"

It all becomes part of the swirling Shakespeare universe. It just needs to simmer in the mind like a good spaghetti sauce. ; -)


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Janice (JG) Haaze wrote: "It all becomes part of the swirling Shakespeare universe. It just needs to simmer in the mind like a good spaghetti sauce. ; -) .."

Which makes total sense to me. : )


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