Finding Richard III

The news is in that yes, the bones found under the public housing parking lot in Leicester are indeed those of Richard III. Any of you following along should have expected this. When the news of a televised special about the King was announced, it seemed obvious the finding would go only one way; otherwise, the parties involved could have been setting themselves up for a Geraldo Rivera moment.

Where does all of this find us? If you have an affinity for history, this has to whet your appetite for more. I know it does mine. But as a Richard Armitage fan, I find myself wondering about Philippa Langley. I’m intensely curious about her. According to reports I’ve read, she has written a play about Richard III and now would like to mount a drama about him that may involve Richard Armitage. I would love to know much more about her as a writer and in particular a screenwriter.

Richard III Search Remains
Philippa Langley at the Richard III dig in Leicester

After the Richard III Special is done today, I’m going to tune in to a live Q&A with her and Professor Lin Foxhall, Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. I’m not sure how much I will learn about Ms. Langley’s writing, but my curiosity will ensure I’m listening to every word she says and hoping the format is conducive to asking some questions about the possible drama. I hope you will be listening as well, and if you have any questions about how to do that, please let me know.

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

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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?

richardIImanip

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

Photo manipulation courtesy of @maraiad

Unearthing Richard

Richard Armitage has a penchant for redeeming the character of Richard III and that inclination may be in line with the stars. What else to explain the windfall of attention from the dig done in Leicester this week?

The infamous king, who has long been a source of controversy among scholars, was possibly disinterred from his resting place under a council car park (in Yankee = public housing parking lot):

And now I’m wondering how “Gary” will deal with this while traversing the rubble to chase after his son. I hope Richard Armitage can do split personality well; otherwise, this opportunity will slip away. No, I don’t mean that. Our boy is too smart for that. Yes, I’m biased. :D

Read more about the dig here.

To read more about Richard Armitage’s desire to mount a production of Richard III that gives an alternative account to the one left by the Tudors and Shakespeare, go here. And please note Richard Armitage is not directly involved with the petition.