Shakespeare Uncovered

Season 2
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Season 2, Episode 3 - Romeo And Juliet With Joseph Fiennes

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Joseph Fiennes discusses William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Stephen Sodenheim.
Season 1
52:00

Season 1, Episode 6 - Hamlet

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David Tennant, whose RSC portrayal of Hamlet was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role. He also attempts to unravel the meaning of the play and why it is considered the greatest play Shakespeare ever wrote.
54:00

Season 1, Episode 5 - Henry Iv And Henry V

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Jeremy Irons uncovers the appeal of Shakespeare's 'History Plays' - Henry IV and Henry V. He unravels the differences between the truth and the drama that Shakespeare creates.
55:00

Season 1, Episode 4 - The Tempest

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Legendary director Trevor Nunn, (who has directed 30 of Shakespeare's 37 plays and is determined to complete them all), takes us through the magical and mysterious world created in The Tempest, Shakespeare's last complete play.
52:00

Season 1, Episode 3 - Richard Ii

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Derek Jacobi revisits the role of Richard II which he played in 1978 for the BBC. He reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the political parallels within the play that still resonate today.
55:00

Season 1, Episode 2 - Macbeth

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Ethan Hawke looks at the greatest productions of Shakespeare's Macbeth as he uncovers the true story behind the cursed 'Scottish Play'.
52:00

Season 1, Episode 1 - Twelfth Night And As You Like It

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Six Shakespearean actors and directors research the revered dramatist and reveal the stories behind and the wonders within some of his greatest plays. This week Joely Richardson investigates Twelfth Night and As You Like It.
Season 2
53:00

Season 2, Episode 6 - King Lear With Christopher Plummer

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Christopher Plummer discusses William Shakespeare's King Lear with Jonathan Miller, Ian McKellen and Simmon Russell Beale.
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Season 2, Episode 5 - Othello With David Harewood

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David Harewood discusses William Shakespeare's Othello with Adrian Lester, Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Patrick Stewart.
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Season 2, Episode 4 - A Midsummer Night's Dream With Hugh Bonneville

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Hugh Bonneville discusses the enduring appeal of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Ralph Fiennes, David Walliams and Sheridan Smith.
Season 3
54:00

Season 3, Episode 6 - Richard Iii With Antony Sher

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Shakespeare's Richard III is one of the most infamous villains of all time - and one of the most relished. Sher explains how Shakespeare created both a loathsome and brilliant manipulator, as well as a real man.
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Season 3, Episode 4 - Julius Caesar With Brian Cox

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Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is a play that upholds liberty against tyranny. But what is tyranny? And who decides? Shakespeare doesn't make it simple.
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Season 3, Episode 2 - The Merchant Of Venice With F. Murray Abraham

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Centuries before The Merchant of Venice was written, England became the first country in medieval Europe to expel its Jewish population. Abraham addresses the anti-Semitism that characterised Europe in Shakespeare's time.
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Season 3, Episode 1 - Much Ado About Nothing With Helen Hunt

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Much Ado About Nothing is one of 13 plays that Shakespeare set in Italy, a country that was warm, sensuous and inviting for any 16th-century Englishmen writing about lovers.
Season 2
53:00

Season 2, Episode 1 - The Taming Of The Shrew With Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman discusses William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew with Tracey Ullman, Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.
53:00

Season 2, Episode 2 (Antony And Cleopatra With Kim Cattrall)

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Kim Catrall discusses William Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra with Janet Suzman, Harriet Walker and Vanessa Redgrave.
52:00

Series 1 Episode 6 David Tennant On Hamlet (Final)

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David Tennant, whose RSC portrayal of Hamlet was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role. He also attempts to unravel the meaning of the play and why it is considered the greatest play Shakespeare ever wrote.
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Series 1 Episode 5 Henry IV and Henry V Presented By Jeremy Irons (Final)

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Jeremy Irons uncovers the appeal of Shakespeare's 'History Plays' - Henry IV and Henry V. He unravels the differences between the truth and the drama that Shakespeare creates.
52:00

Series 1 Episode 4 The Tempest Presented By Trevor Nunn

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Legendary director Trevor Nunn, (who has directed 30 of Shakespeare's 37 plays and is determined to complete them all), takes us through the magical and mysterious world created in The Tempest, Shakespeare's last complete play.
51:33

Series 1 Episode 3 Richard II Presented By Derek Jacobi

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Derek Jacobi revisits the role of Richard II which he played in 1978 for the BBC. He reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the political parallels within the play that still resonate today.
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