''The Hollow Crown'', created by the BBC as a part of the "Cultural Olympics" in 2012, is a mini-series based on the ''Henriad'' or ''Major Tetralogy'', the quartet of Shakespeare's plays ''Theatre/RichardII'', ''Theatre/HenryIV [[Theatre/HenryIVPart1 Part 1]] and [[Theatre/HenryIVPart2 Part 2]]'', and ''Theatre/HenryV''. It features fairly lavish production values, and an all-star cast, headlined by Creator/BenWhishaw (Richard II), Creator/PatrickStewart (John of Gaunt), Creator/JeremyIrons (Henry IV), Creator/TomHiddleston (Henry V), Simon Russell Beale (Falstaff), and Creator/JohnHurt (Chorus in ''Theatre/HenryV'').

PBS aired the series in the United States in September 2013. A second season, covering the ''Minor Tetralogy'' (the ''Theatre/HenryVI'' plays and ''Theatre/RichardIII'') and starring Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as Richard III, is currently in pre-production and will air in 2016.

!!This series contains examples of:

* BelligerentSexualTension: Hotspur and Lady Percy, veering into SlapSlapKiss. Or smack, smack, attempted-finger-breaking, face-shove, slap, slap, face-shove, kiss. They're very...physical.
* BlingOfWar: Played with; Richard II confronts Bolingbroke in gold armor, but doesn't actually wear it for anything martial.
* BookEnds: ''Richard II'' opens and closes with a shot of the large crucifix that hangs over the king's throne.
* BuryYourGays: Poor Richard.
* CompositeCharacter: This is common to productions of the histories, and ''Series/TheHollowCrown'' is no exception:
** Bagot in ''Richard II'' is conflated with Lord Salisbury, who appears in two scenes in the full text.
** Also in ''Richard II,'' Aumerle takes over most of Exton's dialogue and his role as regicide.
** In ''Henry V,'' most of the minor English nobles are combined into the Duke of York.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: ''Richard II'' ends with a pan from Richard's loincloth-clad corpse to the crucifix hanging above the throne. Richard deliberately invokes this trope during the deposition scene at one point, lying on the floor at Bolingbroke's feet with arms outstretched.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Henry V''. The "rousing" speeches are often desperate attempts to pick up terrified soldiers suffering the beginnings of PTSD, Henry himself seems brave but unsure and increasingly weighted down by his decisions and it really does seem like he might lose at Agincourt. His victories are not triumphs, and their cost shows on his face and in his army. The only really visually "glorious" moment is his funeral. While almost all productions have the Chorus remind the audience how short Henry's life was, it's rare to actually see him dead, and England in mourning.
* DeathByAdaptation: Bagot in ''Richard II'' survives by testifying against his former compatriots; this adaptation cuts that scene and has him beheaded along with the rest of Richard's former allies.
* DecapitationPresentation: ''Richard II'' ends with the heads of most of the conspirators against Henry IV rolling around on the floor.
* DecompositeCharacter: The aforementioned Aumerle in ''Richard II'' and York in ''Henry V'' are based on the same historical figure.
* EtTuBrute: Richard II is murdered by his closest friend, Aumerle.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Richard II has a pet monkey, and at one point he ignores his courtiers to feed it. According to director Rupert Goold, this was inspired by MichaelJackson.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Near the beginning of ''Richard II,'' Richard watches a model posing for a painting of St. Sebastian. [[HumanPincushion Guess what happens to him at the end?]]
* FuroScene: ''A five and a half minute'' FuroScene with Tom Hiddleston and Creator/DavidDawson. Nothing sexual happens, be assured, but it'll be hard to ignore for viewers of both genders.
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: Underlies Richard II's wardrobe choices.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Due to most of Exton's lines and role as the person to kill Richard going to him, Aumerle becomes this, as he starts out as loyal to Richard, before reluctantly being forced to swear loyalty to Henry, only to join in on the conspiracy to assassinate the new king, until his dad catches him and he kills Richard to atone (even though that isn't what Henry wanted).
* InadequateInheritor: Henry IV believes his son Hal is this, and isn't shy about telling him so. It's a major subtext in the series; John of Gaunt feels the same way about Richard.
* InformedDeformity / HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Henry V goes out of his way to apologize to Catherine for his looks, and in real life he had facial scars from an earlier battle. In this production, [[http://www.britishmuseum.org/images/event_hiddleston_henry_V_304x384.jpg this is what he looks like]].
* KissingTheGround: Bolingbroke kisses the English sand after he returns from exile, as does Richard II after he returns from Ireland.
* LargeHam: Hotspur. Otherwise, mostly averted, which is surprising considering that it's Shakespeare. Speech is delivered as dialogue rather than verse. Even two great speeches of ''Theatre/HenryV'' are delivered in a more subdued way than usual.
* LooksLikeJesus: [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mijusui36y1rywehbo1_1361415343_cover.jpg Richard II.]] This is implied to be a calculated gesture to emphasize Richard's belief in the divinity of kingship.
* MomentKiller:
** Deliberately invoked by Hal and Doll Tearsheet; they set up the sheriff to be a cockblocker as a way to 1. make the sheriff uncomfortable 2. [[FakeOutMakeOut give Hal a reasonable excuse]] for sending the sheriff and his men away without searching the house (and arresting Falstaff) and 3. make the sheriff ''extremely'' uncomfortable. It works.
** The sheriff also kills another moment that has nothing to do with sex: for the first time, Hal has let on to Falstaff that their friendship cannot and will not survive his ascent to the throne. Before Falstaff can properly respond, the sheriff arrives.
* NarratorAllAlong: The narrator (Creator/JohnHurt) of Henry V is really Henry's squire as an old man.
* OffWithHisHead: Bolingbroke has Bushy and Green beheaded on-screen.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: Subverted by John of Gaunt's famous speech about the greatness of England, as the end of the speech suggests that it is doomed. Actually delivered in this version by PatrickStewart.
* PunchClockVillain: The French ambassador, at least from the in-universe point of view of the English, comes off this way. He's constantly bringing Henry V bad news and rude messages, but both he and Henry acknowledge that it's just his job to convey messages, not to control for content.
* SadClown: Simon Russell Beale's Falstaff has definite shades of this, particularly evident in his "honor" monologue before the Battle of Shrewsbury. While he's definitely very much the LovableCoward (like ''all'' iterations of the Fat Man), the harsh realities of war seem to sadden him just as much as they frighten him.
* ShirtlessScene: One for Hal and Poins and two towels.
* SissyVillain: Played with with Richard, who's more of an AntiVillain[=/=]TragicHero than a villain. Still, the contrast between his delicate effeminacy and obvious homosexuality and Henry's more conventional, heterosexual manliness is striking.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the full text of ''Henry V,'' the Boy is killed with his fellow pages while guarding the luggage. In this production, he survives to old age [[spoiler: and at the end is revealed to be the Chorus.]]
* TimeShiftedActor: Henry IV (Bolingbroke) is played by Rory Kinnear as a young man and JeremyIrons when he's older.
* TokenMinority: In Richard II, the Bishop of Carlisle is black; though nobody seems to notice. It's kind of difficult to ignore it once he says the line "O forfend it God/ That in a Christian climate, souls refined/ Should show so heinous, '''''black''''', obscene a deed!"
** Also, in ''Henry V'', the Duke of York is black, despite being the same individual as the Aumerle of ''RichardII'', who's played by a white actor. (Few productions make the connection between the two characters, however.)
* TrainingMontage: Featured over the opening credits of ''Richard II'' as Bolingbroke and Mowbray prepare for their duel.
* TheWisePrince: Henry V starts out rather fresh-faced and dashing, but the toll of his decisions and the demands of leadership weigh him down more and more as his story unfolds. Then he dies.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Douglas has two scenes in HenryIVPart1 and is never mentioned again. In the play, Hal is so impressed by his courage in battle that he releases him without a ransom, but this scene is omitted. It's a shame, too, because Hal's account of Douglas's capture paints him in a much better light than the DirtyCoward noblemen who get sentenced to death by King Henry in the same scene.
** Poins' role as one of Hal's friends is somewhat expanded on in this version, and yet he still drops off the face of the earth part of the way through ''Part 2''.
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