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Shakespeare Uncovered: Hamlet With David Tennant

Airs Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: David Tennant

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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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.

"Hamlet With David Tennant" - An acclaimed Hamlet himself in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s recent hit production (and another recent GREAT PERFORMANCES production), David Tennant meets with fellow Hamlets, including superstar Jude Law, comparing notes on the titanic challenge of playing the most iconic of all roles.

He also tries, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, to master the meaning of the play and the reason why it is considered the greatest of Shakespeare’s works.

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"The Tempest With Trevor Nunn" airs Friday, March 1, 2013 at 9 p.m.

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Preview: Shakespeare Uncovered: Hamlet With David Tennant

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Above: An acclaimed Hamlet himself in the RSC’s recent hit production (and another recent GREAT PERFORMANCES production), David Tennant meets with fellow Hamlets, including superstar Jude Law, comparing notes on the titanic challenge of playing the most iconic of all roles. He also tries, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, to master the meaning of the play and the reason why it is considered the greatest of Shakespeare’s works.

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The Big Question: 'To Be or Not to Be?'

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Above: An introduction to Hamlet's Soliloquy from Act III, Scene i and an exploration of some of the big questions the character poses in this speech.

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What is a Soliloquy?

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Above: A brief overview of the general characteristics of soliloquies.

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Shakespeare’s Biography

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Above: A brief biography of Shakespeare’s life.

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Watch Hamlet on PBS. See more from Great Performances.

Above: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. See the film adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 stage production of Hamlet, staring David Tennant as the prince who could not make up his mind and Patrick Stewart as the usurping king. Produced by GREAT PERFORMANCES on PBS.

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Shakespeare Uncovered Trailer

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Above: 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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