Will Shakespeare: The Complete Series
Written by Rumpole of the Bailey creator John Mortimer, this six-part television dramatisation is based on the sixteen years that William Shakespeare is known to have spent in London, remains one of the most impressive biographical portraits to date. With each episode built around the creation of a single play, a skilful interweaving of known events and contemporary interpretation show how key experiences may have inspired some of Shakespeare’s greatest works - the death of his young son, and his love for the famous ‘dark lady’ of the sonnets, for example. The bustling taverns and theatres of Elizabethan London are lavishly recreated, while Shakespeare himself is played with tremendous sensitivity and breadth by Tim Curry.
Originally screened in 1978, Will Shakespeare is a brilliantly imagined and very human portrait, in which the flaws and frailties as well as the immense strengths of one of the world’s greatest dramatists are brought vividly to life.