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Shakespeare Uncovered

Series Summary
The personal passion of hosts Hugh Bonneville, Christopher Plummer, Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, Kim Cattrall and Joseph Fiennes helps relay the stories behind some of William Shakespeare's greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, as well as visits to important locations, clips from film and television adaptations and excerpts from plays staged at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Works referenced in the series include "Hamlet," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "King Lear," "The Taming of the Shrew," "Othello," "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Romeo and Juliet."

Air Dates: 2012 - 2014

Genres: History

Network: BBC4

  • Season 2, Ep. 6 : Romeo & Juliet With Joseph Fiennes Feb 13, 2015

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    Joe Fiennes considers why "Romeo and Juliet" remains the most adapted and performed of all of Shakespeare's works; interviews include Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Stephen Sondheim.

  • Season 2, Ep. 5 : Antony & Cleopatra With Kim Cattrall Feb 13, 2015

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    Kim Cattrall searches for the truth behind Shakespeare's middle-aged love story and examines inspirations for the play in Rome; with Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave.

  • Season 2, Ep. 4 : Othello With David Harewood Feb 6, 2015

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    David Harewood unravels the issues of prejudice and jealousy embedded in "Othello"; Adrian Lester portrays Othello at the National Theatre in London; interviews include Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Patrick Stewart.

  • Season 2, Ep. 3 : The Taming of the Shrew With Morgan Freeman Feb 6, 2015

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    Morgan Freeman is determined to understand why Shakespeare wrote "The Taming of the Shrew"; interviews include Tracey Ullman, Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.

  • Season 2, Ep. 2 : King Lear With Christopher Plummer Jan 30, 2015

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    Christopher Plummer explores how "King Lear" may have been staged during Shakespeare's time; actors Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale discuss playing the role of King Lear.

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