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Posse Comitatus

Synopsis
American television serial about the inner workings of the federal government starring Martin Sheen as President Jed Bartlet. In this episode President Bartlet issues an illegal order to assassinate a terrorist; another plotline involves the murder of a male Secret Service agent assigned to protect the female press secretary while she and Bartlet attend a British production, staged by an imaginary British Shakespeare Company, of an amalgamation of the history plays entitled Wars of the Roses on Broadway. Cross-cutting between the murder and the production illustrates how the play and the assassination parallel each other.
Series
West Wing, The
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
22 May 2002 (Channel: NBC)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
Aaron Sorkin
Producer
Aaron Sorkin
Writer
Aaron Sorkin
Cast
Allison JanneyC.J. Cregg
Dule HillCharlie Young
Martin SheenPresident Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Henry VI part 1; Henry VI part 2; Henry VI part 3
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
politics; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Available from Amazon.co.uk as THE WEST WING - COMPLETE SERIES 3. (10/2007). A transcript of the episode can be found at http://www.westwingtranscripts.com/search.php?flag=getTranscript&id=66&keyword=shakespeare (accessed 10/2007).
History
Season 3, episode 65.
Reviews
Burt, Richard ‘U.S. Television’ in Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (p. 602, entry 2731). Burt gives a detailed account of the narrative and the Shakespeare connection.

Production Company

Name

Warner Brothers Television

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.co.uk

Web
http://www.amazon.co.uk External site opens in new window

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