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Series 1

1 :01x01 - Twelfth Night & As You Like It

Joely Richardson discusses Shakespeare's female characters by studying Viola from Twelfth Night and Rosalind from As You Like It. She interviews historians as well as some of the actresses who have played the characters, such as Vanessa Redgrave and Helen Mirren.
Guest Stars: Joely Richardson as Herself / Presenter | Anthony Howell as Orsino/Captain (Twelfth Night - Globe) | Jade Anouka as Viola (Twelfth Night - Globe) | Tim McMullan as Jacques (As You Like It 2009 production - Globe) | Michael Benz as Silvius (As You Like It 2009 production - Globe) | Jade Williams as Phebe (As You Like It 2009 production - Globe) | Naomi Frederick as Rosalind (As You Like It 2009 production - Globe) | Laura Rogers as Celia (As You Like It 2009 production - Globe) / Olivia (Twelfth Night - Globe) | Vanessa Redgrave as Herself | Helen Mirren as Herself | Jonathan Bate as Himself | Germaine Greer as Herself | Jack Laskey as Orlando (As You Like It 2009 production - Globe)

2 :01x02 - Macbeth

Ethan Hawke takes a look at Macbeth through its stage and film adaptations, as well as the history of the real Macbeth, and discusses how he might prepare if he were to play the titular character someday. He interviews historians, Shakespearean scholars, and actors and directors involved with other adaptations.
Guest Stars: Ethan Hawke as Himself / Presenter | Golda Rosheuvel as 1st Witch (Macbeth performance - Globe) | Simone Kirby as 2nd Witch/Gentlewoman (Macbeth performance - Globe) | Anthony Howell as Banquo/Doctor (Macbeth performance - Globe) | Jade Williams as Lady Macbeth/3rd Witch (Macbeth performance - Globe) | John Light as Macbeth (Macbeth performance - Globe) | Greg Doran as Himself | Antony Sher as Himself | Justin Champion as Himself
Director: Nicola Stockley

3 :01x03 - Richard II

Derek Jacobi investigates Richard II through its stage and film adaptations and discusses how the play's political themes nearly sparked a revolution in Elizabethan England and still have corollaries in modern politics. He interviews men who have played the titular character as well as historians and other people involved in previous productions. He also discusses his view that William Shakespeare was not actually the author of his own plays, but rather was taking the credit for the Earl of Oxford's works.
Guest Stars: Michael Jarvis as Bagot (Richard II performance - Globe) | Gareth Bennett Ryan as Bushy (Richard II performance - Globe) | James Garnon as Bolingbroke/York (Richard II performance - Globe) | Jamie Parker as Richard II (Richard II performance - Globe) | Rupert Goold as Himself | Ben Whishaw as Himself | Derek Jacobi as Himself / Presenter
Director: John Holdsworth

4 :01x04 - The Tempest

Director Trevor Nunn discusses The Tempest, Shakespeare's last play, by analyzing previous film and stage versions (including his own) and interviewing cast members from various adaptations.
Guest Stars: Trevor Nunn as Himself / Presenter | Michael Benz as Ferdinand (TheTempest - Globe) | Jade Anouka as Miranda (TheTempest - Globe) | Simon Paisley Day as Prospero (TheTempest - Globe)
Director: Nicola Stockley

5 :01x05 - Henry IV and Henry V

Jeremy Irons takes a look at the 'Henry' plays, and views previous adaptations of the plays as well as the 2012 versions (in which he plays King Henry IV) made for the "Cultural Olympiad." He also analyzes Shakespeare's source material and the continued relevancy of the plays in relation to modern politics and war.
Guest Stars: Jeremy Irons as Himself / Presenter | Dominic Rowan as Chorus (Henry V) | Roger Allam as Falstaff (Henry IV performance 2010) | Oliver Cotton as Henry IV (Henry IV performance 2010) | Jamie Parker as Prince Hal (Henry IV performance 2010)
Director: Richard Denton

6 :01x06 - Hamlet

David Tennant, whose own RSC performance was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the legendary role - from David Warner in the 1960s to the recent Jude Law. He also tries, assisted by Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, to unravel the meaning of the play and the reason why it is considered by many people to be Shakespeare's greatest work.
Guest Stars: David Tennant as Himself / Presenter | Valerie Gogan as Gertrude (Hamlet Perfromance - Globe) | Tom Lawrence (2) as Horatio/Francisco (Hamlet Perfromance - Globe) | James Garnon as Claudius/Ghost (Hamlet Perfromance - Globe) | Jack Farthing as Hamlet (Hamlet Perfromance - Globe) | Justin Champion as Himself | Greg Doran as Himself | Ben Whishaw as Himself | Jude Law as Himself | David Warner as Himself | Simon Russell Beale as Himself
Director: Nicola Stockley
Warning: Shakespeare Uncovered guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Documentary
Genre: Cinema/Theatre | History
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: BBC FOUR ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Tuesdays at 11:20 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: June 19, 2012
Ended: July 17, 2012
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