British Universities Film & Video Council

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Shakespeare 400

The BBC continues its wealth of programming to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.  On 8 May BBC Radio 3 broadcasts a new production of King Lear with Ian McDiarmid in the title role; Upstart Crow (9 May BBC2), a sitcom written by Ben Elton and David Mitchell, sees Mitchell playing Shakespeare in a raucous household where he struggles to find a work-life balance; and The Hollow Crown:the Wars of the Roses season (beginning 7 May on BBC2), begins with Henry VI. Part I with Tom Sturridge as King Henry, concluding with Richard III with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Dominic Cooke directs all four plays.

For further informnation, visit the BUFVC’s TV Listings database, TRILT, as well as our International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio.

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