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Shakespeare Uncovered

Episode 6: David Tennant on Hamlet

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

David Tennant, whose own RSC performance as Hamlet was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role and tries to unravel the meaning of the play. Show more

Shakespeare Uncovered

Episode 5: Jeremy Irons on the Henrys

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Jeremy Irons uncovers the extraordinary appeal of Shakespeare's History Plays. He unravels the differences between the real history and the drama that Shakespeare creates. Show more

Shakespeare Uncovered

Episode 1: Joely Richardson on Shakespeare's Women

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

In Twelfth Night and As You Like It, Joely Richardson investigates the legacy of two comic heroines and how Shakespeare revealed an acute understanding and sympathy for women. Show more

Shakespeare Uncovered

Episode 3: Derek Jacobi on Richard II

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Derek Jacobi looks at Richard II, a role he played 30 years ago. He helps actors at the Globe with aspects of the play and reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life. Show more

Shakespeare Uncovered

Episode 2: Ethan Hawke on Macbeth

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Ethan Hawke uncovers the true story behind Macbeth, seeing some of the greatest productions and discovering the insights into the criminal mind that Shakespeare reveals. Show more

Shakespeare Uncovered

Episode 4: Trevor Nunn on The Tempest

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Director Trevor Nunn looks at the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare's The Tempest, and the strange personal insights hidden within the last play he ever wrote. Show more