Beginning on Sunday, December 11, PBS will be airing the first episode of “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses,” a lavish three-part television series of Shakespeare’s “Henry VI (Part 1)”, “Henry VI (Part 2)” and “Richard III.”
Ahead of its debut, IndieWire has an exclusive new clip from the first part, which stars Tom Sturridge, Hugh Bonneville, Sophie Okonedo and Sally Hawkins.
The clip, titled “The Arrest of The Duchess,” shows Gloucester’s wife, the Duchess (Hawkins), who believes that she has the right to the throne, arrested after hiring a witch to summon spirits to ask about the future of Henry VI’s reign. Gloucester grieves for her, but asserts that he cannot control the law.
The series is the second season of “The Hollow Crown” franchise and is directed by Dominic Cooke. “The Wars of the Roses” also features Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard Plantagenet, Judi Dench and Keeley Hawes.
“Henry VI (Part 2)” is set after the victory at the Battle of St Alban’s when Plantaganet and the Yorkists force Henry VI and the Lancastrians to give away their right to the Crown on Henry’s death. The third part of the series follows Plantagenet (Cumberbatch) as he becomes the first Duke of York and fights his way to the English throne to become King Richard III.
“Henry VI (Part 1)” airs December 11, “Henry VI (Part 2)” on December 18 and the final part, “Richard III,” airs December 25.