Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: Shakespeare Uncovered

Derek Jacobi and Jeremy Irons Take on Thrilling (Yes) Shakespeare Uncovered
Los Angeles Times

Loving Shakespeare with a love so immoderate it would take a Shakespeare to describe it, I was pretty well pre-sold on Shakespeare Uncovered (Friday, 9pm) a six-part analytical-historical gambol through several of his plays, beginning Friday on PBS. By the same token, I am liable to be more critical of the product; but as it turns out, it's a treat.

David Tennant, who was the 10th Doctor in Doctor Who, takes you through Hamlet, in which he played Hamlet; Derek Jacobi explicates Richard II, declaring along the way his belief that it was not Shakespeare who wrote Shakespeare but the 17th Earl of Oxford (a minority opinion); Jeremy Irons, whom it is a kind of relief to see back in this context, handles Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2), which he recently filmed for the BBC, and their sequel Henry V.

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