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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: Richard II With Derek Jacobi

Airs Friday, September 13, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Derek Jacobi

In a unique series of six films debuting on PBS, SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts — Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant — to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

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Derek Jacobi

Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays specially staged for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

"Richard II With Derek Jacobi" - Derek Jacobi returns to a role he played 30 years ago, coaches actors at the Globe in aspects of the play, reveals why it could have cost Shakespeare his life — and shares some of the extraordinary modern political parallels within the play that still resonate as dictators are deposed.

Also featured are notable excerpts from the upcoming GREAT PERFORMANCES film adaptation starring Ben Whishaw and Patrick Stewart.

Video clips and past episodes from this series are available for online viewing.

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Preview: SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: Richard II With Derek Jacobi

Above: In returning to the role of a deposed monarch whose crown is taken from him, Derek Jacobi takes a 360-degree view of this great political thriller whose title character he played more than 30 years ago.

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The Globe

Above: How the Globe was first built and a glimpse into what performances might have looked like.

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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED Trailer