Finally. Last night, after all the waiting and the trailers, the first part of The Hollow Crown, Richard II, was shown on BBC 2.
I absolutely loved it. Gorgeously shot and superbly acted, especially by Ben Whishaw in the titular role. One nice little touch was the death of Richard mirroring the martyrdom of St Edmund, also a king, that was being painted in one of the earlier scenes.
St Edmund , of course , was one of the saints pictured with Richard II in the The Wilton Diptych, along with St Edward the Confessor and St John the Baptist.
It could have done with an intermission though – time to make a cup of tea. It was too good to miss any of it.
But don’t just take my word for it. Here is a proper review:
If you missed it there is always BBC iPlayer. And, you get the added bonus of pausing it.