In Search of Shakespeare

PBS (ended 2004)


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  • Season 15
    • For All Time
      For All Time
      Episode 4
      In the wake of Queen Elizabeth I's death, King James I of Scotland ushers in a new era of paranoia and political upheaval, which inspires William Shakespeare to pen his great tragedy "Macbeth" and contemplate his own mortality.
    • The Duty of Poets
      Dismissing a fellow poet's suggestion to write religious poetry, a passionate William Shakespeare embraces romance and pens two of his most popular plays: "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." As a result, he becomes the most celebrated writer in England.
    • The Lost Years
      The Lost Years
      Episode 2
      Aside from the fact that he fathered three children, little is known about William Shakespeare's life after his marriage to Anne Hathaway and leading up to his debut as one of London's most celebrated writers. Fittingly enough, it's a period scholars have dubbed his "missing years."
    • A Time of Revolution
      Born into a family of considerable privilege, young William Shakespeare watches as his father is blacklisted for his religious beliefs and grows to father his own children as the teenage husband of 26-year-old Anne Hathaway.