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Will Shakespeare: The Complete Series

Synopsis
Television drama. Written by John Mortimer, this six-part drama based on the sixteen years that William Shakespeare is known to have spent in London remains one of the most ambitious biographical portraits to date. With each episode built around the writing and performance of a single play, a skilful interweaving of known events and contemporary interpretation shows how key experiences may have inspired some of Shakespeare’s greatest works - the death of his young son, and his love for the famous ‘dark lady’ of the sonnets, for example. The bustling taverns and theatres of Elizabethan London are lavishly recreated and Shakespeare is played by Tim Curry.
Individual parts are: 1) DEAD SHEPHERD - Christopher Marlowe is the leading dramatist for the London stage. Shakespeare arrives from Stratford to challenge his supremacy. 2) ALMS FOR OBLIVION - Shakespeare has succeeded Marlowe as the playwright of the day. 3) OF COMFORT AND DESPAIR - Shakespeare writes Romeo and Juliet and muses about the Dark Lady. 4) THE LOVED BOY - Shakespeare is keen for his son, Hamnet, to have everything. 5) REBELLION’S MASTERPIECE - Shakespeare is tempted into politics by the Earl of Essex. 6) THE LIVING RECORD - King James I succeeds to the throne.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United Kingdom
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2009
Transmission details
1978 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
300 minutes

Credits

Producer
Cecil Clarke
Writer
John Mortimer
Music
Richard Hill
Cast
Tim CurryWill Shakespeare

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
biographies; Marlowe, Christopher; playwrights; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Production Company

Name

ATV

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.
Name

Retail outlets

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