Ever since I first watched this mini series (a follow up to that of 2013) back in May on the BBC I have wanted to start a thread about it. Having finally discovered the US airdate, now seems an appropriate time. It premieres December 11 at 9pm on PBS.
Official press release: Following the huge international success of the four-part miniseries The Hollow Crown, The Wars of the Roses will continue the epic saga with three more lavish film adaptations: Parts I and II of Henry VI and Richard III. Together, they tell the story of The Wars of the Roses, a medieval spectacle spanning rebellion in France, the rise and fall of Joan of Arc, the terror of England’s Civil War, and the deceitful dynastic murders culminating in the infamous reign of Richard III. As with The Hollow Crown, The Wars of the Roses features a cast of today’s leading actors in a bravura collection of Shakespearean roles. Judi Dench plays Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Richard III. Sophie Okonedo portrays Queen Margaret in all three films. Hugh Bonneville plays Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and Sally Hawkins is his wife Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester in Henry VI Part I. Keeley Hawes plays Queen Elizabeth in Henry VI, Part II and Richard III, and Tom Sturridge portrays Henry VI in both Parts I and II.
It’s a must watch for all lovers of quality acting. The whole cast is superb but Sophie Okonedo and Benedict Cumberbatch, in particular, are both mesmerising in their roles and the series as a whole I found incredibly thrilling.
(PS: Also, as you’ll see in Henry VI Part 1, Hugh Bonneville CAN act- who knew?!)