In Search of Shakespeare (2004– )

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Michael Wood tours the English locations important to William Shakespeare as he explores the playwright and poet's life and work.

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Michael Wood tours the English locations important to William Shakespeare as he explores the playwright and poet's life and work.

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Well conceived if a little speculative in parts
28 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

This well-presented and well-conceived biographical documentary on Shakespeare the Stratford man, made as a collaboration between BBC and PBS, is an enjoyable and largely fascinating account of how and where the Bard might have transversed during his years at Stratford and in London. Presented with enthusiasm by Michael Wood, who also wrote the material, this programme is divided into 4 episodes as they trace chronologically how Shakespeare strode out from his Stratford hometown to make his living in 16th-17th century London. Michael Wood is for the most part entertaining, although there are points of contention - he keeps repeating that Shakespeare was a Catholic although the jury is hardly out on this issue. As such, Wood spends 10 minutes at Lancashire speculating that Shakespeare could very well be "Shakeshaft" of the Lancashire documents - yet, Wood doesn't state what he is saying is speculation, presenting it simply as facts. He lapses into these missteps now and then. Germaine Greer has gone on record to say that there are errors in his presentation, for example, in stating that the rift between Catholics and Protestants were much wider than it actually was.

The best parts of the documentary, however, must be the Royal Shakespeare Company's enactments - they are fresh, lively, vital, striking a chord with modern audiences, as can be seen from the reactions as filmed here. These occur mainly in Parts 2, 3 & 4, and not so much in part one.


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