As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.
The acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Histories, The Hollow Crown, is returning to tackle the War of the Roses. Henry VI Part 1 (Saturday 7th May, 9pm, BBC2) looks at the Hundred Years War and the beginning of the conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster.
Against the backdrop of wars in France, the English nobility quarrel. News of the English defeat at Orleans reaches the duke of Gloucester and other nobles. After the funeral of Henry V, his son, the infant Henry VI, is proclaimed king.
Seventeen years later, Henry sits on the throne whilst the rivalries at court continue – Plantagenet has learned of his own strong claim to the crown. After Rouen falls to the French, Plantagenet, Exeter and Talbot pledge to recapture the city from the Dauphin but the French, led by Joan of Arc, defeat the English.
This star-studded adaptation may offer a ‘way-in’ to one of Shakespeare’s denser History plays.