He released the trailer of the British series “Empty crown”, consisting of adaptations of historical plays of the great playwright William Shakespeare. Famous actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays a role in “Richard III”. A video posted on the BBC on YouTube.
Shooting the first part of the series of four TV movies was held in 2011. Broadcast of the series started on 30 June 2012 on BBC-2.
Then pictures were taken of Richard II, played by Ben whishaw, Henry IV (Jeremy irons) and Henry V (Tom Hiddleston). In Russia the tetralogy showed two years ago on the channel “Culture”.
In 2014 shooting the series continued with adaptations of the two parts of “Henry VI” and “Richard III”. To perform the role in the plays of Shakespeare were invited Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Andrew Scott, Hugh Bonneville, Sophie Okonedo. On the screens of the second part of the series will be released in may.
Previously, scientists have talked about kinship Cumberbatch and Richard III. According to the study, the actor is a second cousin of the king in the 16th generation. Cumberbatch in the veins also flows the Royal blood of the famous dynasties of Lancaster and Tudor. He has the genealogical connection with Elizabeth II and lady Jane grey – the granddaughter of king Henry VII, the uncrowned Queen of England, who was on the throne from 10 until 19 July 1553.
The last of the Plantagenet dynasty, Richard III ruled England from 1483 to 1485. He took the throne after it was proved the illegal origin of the young Edward V. the King died in 1485 at the battle of Bosworth.
The remains of Richard III found in autumn 2012 during archaeological excavations in Leicester, under a Parking lot, where, according to scientists, was a Franciscan monastery, in the cemetery where he was buried king. Archaeologists have discovered the skeleton of a man who died from injuries apparently received in battle. In February 2013 it was announced that, according to recent genetic examination of the remains indeed belong to Richard III.
King’s body was buried in March 2015 in the Cathedral of this city during the ceremony, which was attended, among others, and Benedict Cumberbatch.