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Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in 'The Hollow Crown' (Pic: BBC)
Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in 'The Hollow Crown' (Pic: BBC)
Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in ‘The Hollow Crown’ (Pic: BBC)

The BBC have just revealed further details of the cast of their sequel to The Hollow Crown, in which Shakespeare’s history plays have been adapted for TV with some of the finest acting talent the British Isles—and therefore the world—has ever produced.

And there’s a notable Sherlock frission to the whole affair, with the news that Andrew Scott—Moriarty himself—will be joining the cast as King Louis in Henry VI parts 1 and 2, and Richard III.

Michael Gambon (y’know, Dumbledore) has been announced as Mortimer, with Life On Mars star Philip Glenister as Talbot, Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar as Plantagenet, and Locke’s Ben Daniels as Buckingham.

They join Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as the Duke of Gloucester, Sally Hawkins (Made In Dagenham) as his wife Eleanor, Tom Sturridge (On The Road) as Henry VI, Sophie Okonedo (Doctor Who’s Liz 10) as Queen Margaret, Keeley Hawes (last seen as Doctor Who’s “Time Heist” as Director Karabraxos) as Queen Elizabeth, and Dame Judi Dench (no introductions necessary) as Cecily, Duchess of York.

Oh, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III, of course. And look, BBC Two’s Twitter feed even supplied the first official picture of Benedict in full costume:

Here’s Tom Hiddleston as Henry V from the first season of The Hollow Crown, just to remind everyone what delights await:

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By Fraser McAlpine