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
A Time of Revolution (Episode #101)
KQED World: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Using new evidence from spies' reports, local archives and even a coded prison diary, Michael Wood uncovers the dark side of Shakespeare's world, tracing William's early days, his schooling, his father's shady business deals and the dark secret that ruined the family. Finally, Wood untangles the riddle of William's shotgun marriage, which left him a teenage father with decidedly slim career prospects.