‘The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses’ to Air on PBS' Great Performances This December

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in "The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses". (Photo: BBC)

Fans of the star-studded Shakespeare adaptation The Hollow Crown will be pleased to know that the sequel series The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses has an American airdate at last! The films will premiere as part of the new season of PBS' Great Performances and will air on three consecutive Sunday nights from December 11 -25th.

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‘The White Princess’ Full Cast Includes Essie Davis, Joanne Whalley and More

Jody Comer, Jacob Collins-Levy and "White Princess" Producer Emma Frost Photo: Starz)

Production has officially begun on The White Princess, the Starz Network sequel to popular Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated miniseries The White Queen. After nearly three years of rumors, waffling and vague executive statements the highly anticipated sequel series has finally set its full cast, and filming is under way. Yes, really. It’s actually happening.  

The eight-episode drama will adapt author Phillippa Gregory’s best-selling novel of the same name, which is part of her Cousins’ War series depicting England’s Wars of the Roses from the perspective of the women involved.

Fans of ‘The Hollow Crown’ May See a Similar Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Roman Plays

Tom Hiddleston as King Henry V in "The Hollow Crown" (Photo: Nick Briggs)

Love The Hollow Crown? Well, you’re in luck, because it looks as though our run of sumptuous televised versions of Shakespeare’s histories may not be over just yet.

The original Hollow Crown series adapted four of the Bard’s history plays into a single chronological narrative (Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V).  The sequel series focused on the next four, though they were condensed in to three films (the three parts of Henry VI, along with Richard III). But, sadly, we’ve run out of Shakespeare’s English history plays to adapt, which is something of a blow for everyone, because the Hollow Crown installments have been all around wonderful, featuring some of the British actors working today – Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, and Benedict Cumberbatch, for a few example – and making some of Shakespeare’s lesser known works accessible to a whole new audience. Well, never fear – there’s still hope. While we may have finished with Shakespeare’s English history plays – remember, he still has more!

Ian McShane as Lovejoy  (Image credit: BBC-TV Productions and McShane Productions)

Dated or Delightful? 'Lovejoy'

How well do British TV series from the past hold up? Are they classic gems that transcend generations or are they old-fashioned and representative of a particular period in time? Check out our Dated or Delightful series to see how Lovejoy rated with us.

'The Great British Baking Show' Returns to PBS This Summer

Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc in “The Great British Baking Show.” (Photo:  © Mark Bourdillion/Love Productions)

Good news, America – it’s time to start baking again! Another season of the highly popular cooking competition The Great British Baking Show will be airing on PBS stations nationwide this summer, beginning July 1.

PBS has aired two previous seasons of The Great British Baking Show, and will broadcast Britain’s Season 6 this summer, and call it Season 3. (The previously aired US seasons were actually Seasons 4 and 5 in British time. Confusing? A little bit. But let’s go with it.) PBS is also planning to air additional seasons of the show over the next two years, with more information on that to be announced later. 

The first image of Dan Stevens in "Legion". (Photo: FX/Marvel)

Dan Stevens is Coming Back to Television with New FX Series ‘Legion’

Get ready, world - Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens will be back on our television screens very soon. Everyone’s period drama Dream Boyfriend will be playing the lead role in a new superhero series for FX called Legion.

Last week it was officially announced that FX was picking up the X-Men spinoff-ish series for an eight-episode first season to air in 2017. Well, maybe it’s not a spinoff, directly, but it’s at least like X-Men adjacent. It’s about mutants after all.

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