TV Review: The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 2 & Room 101 Extra StorageBy Jon Nurse
July 20, 2012
The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 2
Saturday, July 14
As I celebrated the announcement that the Olympics were coming to London back in 2005, I didn’t think in my wildest dreams the Games would help me discover a new admiration for Shakespeare.
Seven years later, the BBC is airing a series of adaptations of the Tudor’s historical plays as part of the Cultural Olympiad and they’ve pitched them perfectly.
Much of my appreciation for Britain’s most celebrated writer was beaten out of me at school with its tiresome readings and extended essays, but there is some beauty in the beast at last.
Saturday’s Henry IV Part 2 was the third of the series and was another triumph for the Beeb who continue to set the benchmark for great British drama.
Tom Hiddleston gave an accomplished performance as Prince Hal, who will return in this weekend’s Henry V, reaffirming his star qualities after a scene-stealing role in this spring’s blockbuster Avengers Assemble.
The star of the show however was Jeremy Irons whose portrayal of the dying king is captivating, the power of his on-screen presence simply unquestionable. The leading roles were complimented by a strong supporting cast of well-known faces and the dramatic staging and scenery made the tale truly engaging.
Top job Auntie. Don't miss the next instalment.
Room 101 Extra Storage
Sunday, July 15
We do love a good whinge in Britain. It could be work or the weather, there’s always something in the firing line that we can’t wait to get off our chest.
Room 101 is a very British show. The contestants choose their complaint, state their case and the host decides if he will drop the subject into Room 101 – named after the torture room in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
There are a few things I’d like to drop into Room 101 having watched Sunday’s episode. First of all, I would bid farewell to the latest round of comedians. A new wave has flooded the box and with such quantity we risk losing the quality. A case in point is Micky Flanagan. A contestant in Sunday’s show, Micky didn’t draw any chuckles from me as he waved his hands around performing his loud impression of Jamie Oliver.
My second victim to take the plunge is fake laughter. Actress Rebecca Front was guilty of this as she smiled and forced roars of laughter as Micky Flanagan gestured in a particularly colourful shirt. Plunge it into the vault never to be seen again.
Whinge over. Enjoy your day.