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This England

Synopsis
Two-part documentary in which Simon Schama argues that to understand Shakespeare we must understand how he was of his time. This episode concentrates on Henry IV and Henry VI and especially the character of Falstaff as an embodiment of England. Roger Allam and Harriet Walter (not in costume) speak speeches from Falstaff ("what is honour") and Doll Tearsheet. There are brief scenes (no sound) from Roger Allam’s Falstaff in the production for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Allam also comments on how he views the character of Falstaff. Brief contributions from Michael Boyd, David Edgar and Simon Russell Beale.
Series
Simon Schama’s Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Subjects
Drama; History
Keywords
biographies; England; history of the 16th century; history of the 17th century; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); national identity; Falstaff

Credits

Director
Ashley Gething
Producer
Charlotte Sacher
Cinematographer
Patrick Acum
Writer
Simon Schama
Contributor
David Edgar; Michael Boyd; Simon Russell Beale; Simon Schama
Cast
Andrew Scott 
Harriet Walter 
Peter de Jersey 
Ricky Champ 
Roger Allam 
Tobias Menzies 

Production Company

Name

Oxford Film and Television

Sponsor

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ
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