Henry IV, Part I and Part II (film series)

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Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II
Genre Historical drama
Based on Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 2 
by William Shakespeare
Screenplay by Richard Eyre
Directed by Richard Eyre
Starring Jeremy Irons
Simon Russell Beale
Tom Hiddleston
Julie Walters
Alun Armstrong
Joe Armstrong
Theme music composer Stephen Warbeck
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Sam Mendes
Cinematography Ben Smithard
Running time 120 minutes
Production company(s) Neal Street Productions
Original network BBC Two
Original release
  • 7 July 2012 (2012-07-07)
Part I
  • 14 July 2012 (2012-07-14)
Part II
Preceded by Richard II
Followed by Henry V

Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II are 2012 British television films based on the plays of the same name by William Shakespeare. They are the second and third films in the series of television films called The Hollow Crown produced by Sam Mendes for BBC Two covering the second set of plays in Shakespeare's Henriad. They were directed and adapted by Richard Eyre and star Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV, Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff and Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal.[1] Much of the two films' cast and crew overlap and the plot flows directly from the first to the second.

Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 are the second and third plays in Shakespeare's tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V.

Simon Russell Beale won the 2013 British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Supporting actor for his performance as Falstaff.[2]


Actors appear in both parts unless noted.


Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II were filmed simultaneously from January to March 2012.[1] The films were shot on location and at Ealing Studios in London, where the Boar's Head Tavern set was created.[3] Scenes at Henry IV's court in the Palace of Westminster were filmed at Gloucester Cathedral.[4] Caerphilly Castle in Wales was used both for the scenes set at Warkworth Castle and for the meeting with Glendower.[3][5] The Battle of Shrewsbury was filmed in a field near Rickmansworth during a winter snowfall.[6] Although the battle took place in July, director Richard Eyre said he was delighted by the result: "The grass of the English landscape tends to subvert the violence of battle, so the snow turned the setting into this monochromatic world."[7]


Henry IV, Part I aired on BBC2 on Saturday, 7 July 2012. The start time was delayed by an hour because of coverage of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, and the film was subsequently repeated on Sunday, 8 July on BBC4.[8][9] Henry IV, Part II aired the following Saturday, 14 July.


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  5. Davies, Serena. "At Home with the Histories", The Telegraph, 16 June 2012, p. R10.
  6. "Tom Hiddleston Battles in the Snow", Belfast Telegraph, 8 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  7. Harrison, Phil and Tate, Gabriel."Interviews: 'The Hollow Crown' - The directors of BBC2’s upcoming cycle of Shakespeare plays reveal how they rewrote the Histories", Time Out London. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
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