Shakespeare Uncovered Episodes

2012, TV Show

Shakespeare Uncovered Season 1 episodes

Hamlet With David Tennant Season 1, Episode 6

David Tennant, who starred in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Hamlet," meets with other actors who've portrayed the Danish prince, including Jude Law. He also discusses the play's meaning with Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw; and ponders the reasons why it is considered to be Shakespeare's greatest work. read more

The Tempest With Trevor Nunn Season 1, Episode 4

In the finale, director Trevor Nunn—who has helmed productions of 30 Shakespeare plays—examines the Bard's final complete play, "The Tempest," which he sees as Shakespeare's farewell to the stage and inspired by issues drawn from the playwright's life. Among those Nunn meets with to discuss the play: Helen Mirren and director Julie Taymor, who collaborated on the 2010 film adaptation of the same name; and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. read more

Henry IV & Henry V With Jeremy Irons Season 1, Episode 5

Jeremy Irons examines "Henry IV" and "Henry V," including how they deviated from history. He also offers a behind-the-scenes look at "Great Performances" adaptations of the plays that star himself and Tom Hiddleston. read more

Richard II With Derek Jacobi Season 1, Episode 3

Derek Jacobi examines "Richard II," which he starred in for the BBC in 1978. He details the political aspects of the play that still resonate in the modern age, and coaches actors at the Globe who are acting in it. Also: excerpts from a "Great Performances" production of the play that stars Ben Whishaw and Patrick Stewart. read more

Macbeth With Ethan Hawke Season 1, Episode 2

The stories behind Shakespeare's greatest plays are shared by Shakespearian actors and directors in this series, beginning with Ethan Hawke, who prepares for "Macbeth" by searching out the inspiration for the title character. read more

The Comedies With Joely Richardson Season 1, Episode 1

Joely Richardson and her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, explore the cross-dressing comedies "Twelfth Night" and "As You Like It" and their comic and romantic heroines. read more

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