In Search of Shakespeare
This is not your father's Shakespeare - that boring bloke who's suffered the slings and arrows of outraged school kids for generations. Michael Wood's Shakespeare is funny, poignant, profound and sexy, a writer who's been wowing audiences for more than 400 years. Wood, a historian, writer and documentary filmmaker (Conquistadors; In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great) hosts this 4-part series that explores the life of the world's greatest writer. As fashioned by Wood, it is a historical "whodunit," mixing travel, adventure, interviews and specially filmed sequences with the Royal Shakespeare Company on the road. The programs set the life of the "Great Briton" in the turbulent times in which he lived, a world far from the one suggested by the prim portrait of the balding bard with a ruff and a quill pen.
In Search of Shakespeare Previous Broadcasts
For All Time (Episode #104)
KQED World: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
In the final episode, Michael Wood examines Shakespeare's life in the era of King James I. He unearths Shakespeare's neighborhood in London and visits the current queen's robe-makers for evidence of Shakespeare's role in the royal coronation. Shakespeare's world is transformed in 1605 by the Gunpowder Plot, a Jacobean September 11. The entertainment industry responded, and Shakespeare contributed Macbeth, a daring play about the murder of a king. Finally, Wood follows Shakespeare back to Warwickshire and looks at the riddle of Shakespeare's will and its strange bequest to his wife, Anne.
- KQED World: Tue, Mar 10, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Mar 10, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
The Duty of Poets (Episode #103)
KQED World: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
In the third episode, Wood uncovers Shakespeare's rise to fame and fortune in Elizabethan London. Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream fuel this rise, but tragedy strikes as his son Hamnet dies at the age of 11. Plunged into a mid-life crisis, he falls in love with a teenage nobleman, has a passionate affair with a mysterious married woman and is charged with assault. Meanwhile, his theatre company builds the Globe and becomes caught up in the rebellion against Queen Elizabeth. In the midst of it all, Shakespeare creates some of the greatest characters in world literature.
- KQED World: Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 -- 1:00 PM