Shakespeare Unlocked

Well the BBC’s Shakespeare Unlocked season has started , well  for me anyway. I seem to have missed a couple of programmes in April. Yesterday evening I watched:

Joely Richardson on Shakespeare’s Women, BBC Four

By focusing on the female roles of his earlier plays Twelfth Night and As You Like It, this documentary set out to show that Shakespeare had an insight into the hearts and minds of women.

I found it very interesting, but then I’m biased – I could find the Telephone Directory enthralling if read by gorgeous Joely Richardson.

I shall be watching Simon Schama’s Shakespeare BBC2 9pm on Friday although it conflicts with David Bowie And The Story Of Ziggy Stardust on BBC Four. Thank god for iPlayer.

I am really looking forward to The Hollow Crown. This is the series of film adaptions of four of Shakespeare’s history plays that cover the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. The trailers look very stunning.

I wonder how it compares to the 1960s BBC series “An Age of Kings” that I remember from childhood.


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