The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays
The Hollow Crown Nominated for Critics’ Choice Television Award
Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV, Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal in "The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part One." Photo by Joss Barratt

Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV, Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal in "The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part One." Photo by Joss Barratt

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the nominations for the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

The Hollow Crown, nominated for “Best Mini-Series,” is made up of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays — Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II and Henry V — and aired on Great Performances from September 20 to October 11 in 2013.

Best Mini-Series Nominations
• American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
• Bonnie & Clyde (A&E/History/Lifetime)
• Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
• Fargo (FX)
• The Hollow Crown (PBS)
• Luther (BBC America)

The 4th annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards will be broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014 (8:00pm ET/8:00pm PT) and hosted by actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer.

Directed by Rupert Goold (Richard II), Richard Eyre (Henry IV, Parts I and II) and Thea Sharrock (Henry V), The Hollow Crown features some of the most pre-eminent Shakespearean actors of our time. The Kings are played by Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston respectively, supported by a phenomenal cast including Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, David Morrissey in Richard II, Simon Russell Beale, Michelle Dockery, Julie Walters and Maxine Peake in Henry IV and John Hurt, Anton Lesser and Paterson Joseph in Henry V. The plays were filmed on location in England between summer 2011 and spring 2012 and are all set in their authentic medieval period. The series premiered to rapturous reviews in the U.K., and was honored with BAFTA Television Awards for Whishaw (Leading Actor) and Simon Russell Beale (Supporting Actor), BAFTA Craft Awards for Original Television Music (Stephen Warbeck) and Sound (Fiction) (Richard II), and an RTS Programme Award for Single Drama (Richard II).

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