This series combines history, biography, iconic performances, analysis and the personal passion of its hosts - Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant - to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays especially staged for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.
Shakespeare Uncovered Previous Broadcasts
The Tempest with Trevor Nunn (Episode #106H)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 8, 2013 -- 9:30 PM
Trevor Nunn, the legendary director who has directed 30 of Shakespeare's 37 plays and is determined to complete them all before he retires, takes viewers through the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare's last complete play. He considers The Tempest Shakespeare's farewell from the stage and relates the play to the playwright's family life. Among the enthusiastic students of the play who contribute ideas about the role of Prospero is the Archbishop of Canterbury, along with Helen Mirren and director Julie Taymor, who collaborated on the most recent film adaptation - with Mirren playing a female Prospera.
- KQED Life: Wed, Oct 9, 2013 -- 3:30 AM
Henry IV & Henry V with Jeremy Irons (Episode #104)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 1, 2013 -- 9:30 PM
Jeremy Irons (who stars as Henry IV in the Great Performances film adaptation) uncovers the enduring appeal of Shakespeare's "history plays," from the facts of English history to the father-son drama that Shakespeare created. He discloses what Shakespeare's sources were - and how he distorted them. He invites the viewer behind the scenes at the filming of some of the most important sequences in the new Great Performances adaptations of both plays, starring Irons, with Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal.
- KQED Life: Wed, Oct 2, 2013 -- 3:30 AM