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In Search of Shakespeare

In Search of Shakespeare

This series explores the life of the world's greatest writer. Mixing travel, adventure, interviews and specially shot sequences on the road, these programs set the life of the poet in the turbulent times in which he lived - a time of surveillance, militarism and foreign wars. Shakespeare lived through the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot and the colonization of the New World, and saw firsthand England's Cultural Revolution, which lead the English people into a brave new Protestant future. Michael Wood presents.

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  • A Time of Revolution (1 of 4) (#101)

    Using new evidence, host Michael Wood uncovers the dark side of Shakespeare's world and untangles the riddle of his shotgun marriage. [56 minutes]

  • The Lost Years (2 of 4) (#102)

    Michael Wood explains how Shakespeare became a star of the London stage and uncovers a tale of religious conflict behind his lost years. [56 minutes]

  • The Duty of Poets (3 of 4) (#103)

    "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" fueled Shakespeares rise to fame and fortune, but tragedy struck when his son Hamnet died at the age of 11. [56 minutes]

  • For All Time (4 of 4) (#104)

    In the final episode, host Michael Wood examines Shakespeare's life in the era of King James I and explores how the writer's world was transformed in 1605 by the Gunpowder Plot, a Jacobean September 11. [56 minutes]

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