In PBS’ 'The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses,' Benedict Cumberbatch puts his outside voice to the test as his Richard III stares down a fierce opponent in the woods: Judi Dench, a.k.a. his mother.

By Marc Snetiker
December 22, 2016 at 04:30 AM EST

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In a powerful fourth-act scene from Shakespeare’s Richard III, told here in PBS’ The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, Benedict Cumberbatch puts his outside voice to the test as his Richard III stares down a fierce opponent in the woods: Judi Dench, a.k.a. his mother. EW has this scene, above.

Shamed to her limit by her son’s unchecked terror, the Duchess of York offers an ultimatum to her son: One of them will die, either him in battle or her in age, and she prays for it to be the former. Offering a burdensome curse of guilt, she sends her monstrous son onward to a bloody end — and Dench back into that little void in our hearts that only Judi Dench can fill whenever she does Shakespeare.

The miniseries is a part of PBS’s Great Performances banner and features Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okonedo, Keeley Hawes, Hugh Bonneville, and Michael Gambon in addition to Cumberbatch and Dench. Hollow Crown airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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