The last episode of Shakespeare Uncovered aired on the ABC last Sunday - a series of six documentaries in which actors reflect on specific plays (and characters) and have a lovely chat with their colleagues and the third wall about why Shakespeare is terrific and how everyone can view his work in very different ways. Interviews with actors and directors; clips from aged and recent productions. My cup of tea exactly.
First episode - Joely Richardson talks about As You Like It and Twelfth Night. Germaine Greer says very sensible things about Shakespeare (i.e. I agree with things Prof Greer says about Shakespeare). I fall in love with The Globe.
Third episode - Derek Jacobi and Richard II. Am now desperate to see Richard II and Henry V. Derek Jacobi annoys me by mentioning the Authorship Question. What has that to do with Richard II, Sir Derek? Pah.
Fourth episode - Trevor Nunn draws parallels between events in Shakespeare's life and The Tempest. I am (sadly) not very interested in The Tempest, nor dubious autobiographical parallels, but note that Helen Mirren is Marvellous.
Fifth episode - Jeremy Irons' episode suffers as a result of my recent surfeit of Henry IV (parts One and Two). I lose focus frequently, but love the look of the new TV production of Henry IV. I love The Globe still, though note all the actors are all heavily rugged up. It's cold in there.
Sixth episode - Hamlet with David Tennant. David Tennant seems like a nice man but I am still not interested in Hamlet. I wonder if this makes me some sort of philosophical coward. I love the First Folio and I love love love the story of the Royal Shakespeare Company's skull prop.
What other Shakespeare documentaries are yet to be uncovered?