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In Search of Shakespeare
Genre: History
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.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #101
A Time of Revolution
Using new evidence from spies' reports, local archives and even a coded prison diary, Michael Wood uncovers the dark side of Shakespeare's world, tracing William's early days, his schooling, his father's shady business deals and the dark secret that ruined the family. Finally, Wood untangles the riddle of William's shotgun marriage, which left him a teenage father with decidedly slim career prospects.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Feb 1st @ 5:00 pm

Episode #102
The Lost Years
Michael Wood explains how Shakespeare became a star of the London stage, and uncovers a tale of religious conflict behind his lost years. Wood travels with the Royal Shakespeare Company, who perform the plays in a Tudor inn yard as Shakespare's company did, and using Tudor maps and remarkable Victorian photos, he brings Shakespeare's first London home back to life. He also follows Shakespeare's great rival, Christopher Marlowe, on his fateful journey by river to Deptford and the murder that left 29-year-old William the star of Elizabethan London.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Feb 8th @ 5:00 pm

Episode #103
The Duty of Poets
In the third episode, Wood uncovers Shakespeare's rise to fame and fortune in Elizabethan London. Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night' s Dream fuel this rise, but tragedy strikes as his son Hamnet dies at the age of 11. Plunged into a mid-life crisis, he falls in love with a teenage nobleman, has a passionate affair with a mysterious married woman and is charged with assault. Meanwhile, his theatre company builds the Globe and becomes caught up in the rebellion against Queen Elizabeth. In the midst of it all, Shakespeare creates some of the greatest characters in world literature.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Feb 15th @ 5:00 pm

Episode #104
For All Time
In the final episode, Michael Wood examines Shakespeare's life in the era of King James I. He unearths Shakespeare's neighborhood in London and visits the current queen's robe-makers for evidence of Shakespeare's role in the royal coronation. Shakespeare's world is transformed in 1605 by the Gunpowder Plot, a Jacobean September 11. The entertainment industry responded, and Shakespeare contributed Macbeth, a daring play about the murder of a king. Finally, Wood follows Shakespeare back to Warwickshire and looks at the riddle of Shakespeare's will and its strange bequest to his wife, Anne.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Feb 22nd @ 5:00 pm


Sorry, there were no episodes of this series airing in the last 2 months on any of our three channels.


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