TV Programmes

The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History



James I's first decade on the English throne, from 1603 to 1613, marks a period arguably unsurpassed in British culture. This series explores the ways in which the culture and politics of this neglected age were interwoven, particularly in the work of its greatest genius, William Shakespeare.

A decade in the lives of King James and Shakespeare.
A three-part series for BBC FOUR in 2012

Presented by James Shapiro

James Shapiro will show the extraordinary storytelling skills that excited readers of his book 1599. There's no one like him for bringing the works and the times together, so that they illuminate each other. He will take the Jacobean achievement out of the shadows of forgetting and give us back Shakespeare the King's Man.