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Episode 2

Synopsis
Second in a three-part docuseries on the life and work of William Shakespeare, combining interviews with drama vignettes.

2. A 30-year-old Shakespeare is at the top of his game: he’s got a job at England’s best theatre company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, and the money is rolling in. Determined to restore his family’s reputation, Shakespeare works harder than ever, producing hit after hit: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV and Julius Caesar.

But as his star rises, a series of tragedies strike. Shakespeare’s life, purpose and family are thrown into chaos, and he begins to question if his new life is worth the sacrifice.

The series features interviews with Dame Judi Dench, Brian Cox, Adrian Lester, Lolita Chakrabarti, Helen Mirren, Martin Freeman and Jessie Buckley, alongside academics and writers James Shapiro, Ewan Fernie, Jeanette Winterson, Brenda Hale, The Baroness Hale of Richmond, Gordon Brown, Jeremy O’Harris and Professor Farah Karim-Cooper. The series is narrated by Juliet Stevenson.
Series
Shakespeare: Rise of a Genius
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
15 Nov 2023 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
59 mins

Credits

Director
Julian Jones
Producer
David Glover
Music
Nick Foster

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama; History; Shakespeare
Keywords
biographies; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BoB

Email
bob@learningonscreen.ac.uk
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Phone
020 3743 2345
Address
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Notes
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