PBS viewers in the USA get a chance to watch David Tennant enthuse about a subject very dear to his heart as he hosts a special on Hamlet as part of the six episode documentary series Shakespeare Uncovered.
Each of the six films combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its host to tell the stories behind some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. The programme relates not only the stories of the plays themselves, but also the stories of how they came to be written, how they have been performed, and how they have survived over 400 years.
David Tennant presents Shakespeare Uncovered: Hamlet tonight at 9pm EST on PBS (check local listings for variations).
Watch the programme trailer below:
About the episode:
To be, or not to be: that is the question. David Tennant meets fellow actors who’ve taken on Hamlet and compares notes on how to play a character that’s been played, probably, a million different ways.
An acclaimed Hamlet in a recent Royal Shakespeare Company production, Tennant looks into the text about the doomed Danish Prince alongside the actors Jude Law, Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw. This is a play made of historical sources and religious wars, existential questions, the meaning of life and death, and the idea that ghosts are real and speak.
Tennant also finds that many actors who’ve played Hamlet share a common experience: deeply and profoundly personal, life changing.