‘Shakespeare Uncovered’

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This Friday, October 12, at 9 pm ET, PBS will debut season three of Shakespeare Uncovered, its deep-dive into some of the Bard’s plays (check your local listings for exact days/times in your area).

Each episode will also be available to stream via the PBS website and on PBS apps the day following its air date.

Renowned actors bring Shakespeare’s plays to life with behind-the-scenes analysis combined with a personal passion for Shakespeare’s work.

In the first episode of the third season (the series’ last), host Helen Hunt examines the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, in which she has played Beatrice. Episode two, The Merchant of Venice, follows at 10 pm, with F. Murray Abraham, who has performed as Shylock, exploring the play’s antisemitism.

Subsequent episodes include:

Measure for Measure (Friday, October 19, 9:30 pm) – Romola Garai looks at the play’s sexual morality, hypocrisy and harassment, and why, for nearly 200 years, it was considered too racy for the English stage.

Julius Caesar (Friday, October 19, 10:30 pm) – Brian Cox (below) discusses, among other things, how the play about a famous Roman dictator’s assassination came to be associated with the birth of the American republic.

Shakespeare Uncovered Brian Cox

The Winter’s Tale (Friday, October 26, 9 pm) – Host Simon Russell Beale considers the bifurcated nature of the play, one of Shakespeare’s late romances. The stark first half deals with a jealous and suspicious King Leontes, bent on revenge, while the second half is an idyllic comedy in which all is restored.

Richard III (Friday, October 26, 10 pm) – In the final episode, Sir Antony Sher considers one of literature’s greatest villains and how he compares to the historical figure.

For more information, visit PBS.

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