Will Richard III be Identified on Monday?

It’s been a Richard III kind of day. A kind of week really, and now could Monday be the day we find out if it was really the King’s body under the public housing parking lot?

Philippa Langley was all over the place. Now she’s in The Sunday Times, and the teaser posed by the Times has me paying close attention (emphasis mine):

I had a hunch: The true story of the hunt for Richard III

An eerie feeling convinced Philippa Langley she had found the lost king. Tomorrow we will see if she was right

by Sian Griffiths Published: 3 February 2013


The story of the search for the long-lost bones of one of England’s most reviled kings starts on a sweltering summer day when Philippa Langley felt a sudden chill. Langley, a screenwriter, was researching a play about Richard III — Shakespeare’s dastardly hunchback — a figure who had fascinated her since childhood. To stimulate her creative juices she paid a visit to Leicester “to walk the area where he was supposed to have been buried”.

Read more here, but not much unless you have a subscription to the Times.

I’ll cut to the case if you don’t want to bother with a Times subscription, you can watch the special on Channel 4 on Monday, 9pm GMT. I know I’m going to watch it albeit at 2pm in the afternoon.

More unvarnished thoughts about all of this. I could be so wrong, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say Ms. Langley is one ballsy lady. She is going for it. This is going to be fun to watch. No, I’m not sadistic. I honestly want to see if her chutzpah pulls off getting this movie made. I guess you always have to have chutzpah to get a movie made, but again, what the hell do I know? Nothing. LOL!

And I can’t help but continue to wonder where is Richard Armitage and why the hesitance from his agent? That just won’t leave my mind when I would like nothing better than to start gushing about this. C’mon, Richard.

Damn. I hate it when my sane self tries to ruin my fun.

How ’bout a fun picture instead?


In honor of all of this Richard III news, I’ve finally given the King his own category. :D

Photo manipulation courtesy of @maraiad


  1. You have to give the lady an A for effort. She is passionate about this subject. I hope something does come of this, simply because it is such a long-held dream for RA and I know he could blow the doors off in the role. We just need to hear something from him now . . . It is very interesting.

  2. A+! :D

  3. I just thought of A Christmas Story and Ralphie’s fantasy about his essay. “A + + + + +!!” :

  4. LOL!!!

  5. Hmm, I believe I require more confirmation than just this… Still, it probably make your inner fangirl jump for joy: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/hobbit-actor-lines-up-role-as-richard-iii.20080483

  6. I am convinced they announce the body they found in RIII – otherwise what is the point of the press conference and the documentary? Tell everyone that it is not him and now they can all go home?

    I have no doubt either that RA would play RIII in her project, he has been interested in this for six years or more, even been involved in rewriting the script that apparently went through many stages. What I am not convinced of is that they will ever get the funding. A BBC drama/mini series may be possible if the BBC would be interested, but bringing this to the big screen and making it look good enough to compete with stuff like the Hobbit would be ridiculously expensive.

  7. Wish RA could be doing the narration for the documentary. With that voice, he’d be a marvelous narrator.

  8. Kali, I wish that could make my fangirl heart be all atwitter, but I’m too much the cynic. :D

    Jane, I tend to think that it’s the King; otherwise, she and whomever else is driving this would be utter fools to get all of these stories going in the papers UNLESS it’s not him, and now that they have the public’s attention, they’re going to talk about other areas they think he might be. Whatever happens, I give Ms. Langley and/or the RIII society bigtime kudos for generating this buzz.

    What I think is bad form is Richard Armitage’s involvement to be announced so definitively when even his agent is hesitant to say anything. To speak of him as a strong possibility would have been more acceptable.

  9. This is facinating! What a great time to be on the RA fan wagon.

  10. Yes, it is! :)

  11. I’m hoping it’s true–it’s been such a long-held dream for Richard, it would be wonderful to see it fulfilled for him. Not to mention his fans.

  12. However he does it, I hope he can be part of a Richard III production.

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