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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.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Saturday June 30th, 2012

Director: John Holdsworth

Alternate Airdates:

US (PBS) Feb 01, 2013

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Guest Stars
Ben Whishaw
As Himself
James Garnon
As Bolingbroke/York (Richard II performance - Globe)
Jamie Parker
As Richard II (Richard II performance - Globe)
Derek Jacobi
As Himself / Presenter
Gareth Bennett Ryan
As Bushy (Richard II performance - Globe)
Michael Jarvis
As Bagot (Richard II performance - Globe)
Rupert Goold
As Himself
Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSasha Milroy  |  Greg Sanderson  |  David Horn
ProducerJohn Holdsworth
EditorBrett Irwin
On-Line EditorLaurence Thripp
Dubbing MixerAlan Russell (1)
Series ProducerRichard Denton
SoundSimon Ware  |  Kuz Randhawa
ComposerGlenn Keiles
CameraJohn Holdsworth  |  Tim Pollard  |  Ian Nelson (2)
Executive ProducerFiona Stourton
ColouristAndrew Daniel
Artistic DirectorDominic Dromgoole
Executive In ChargeStephen Segaller
Director Of ProductionAndrew McKerlie
Warning: Shakespeare Uncovered season 1 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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