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5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent production that is both informative and entertaining., 29 Aug 2011
A single DVD containing a 4-part documentary on Shakespeare. I bought it after seeing the first part on DVD borrowed from the local library. The material is very thoroughly researched but presented as an entertaining, interesting story. It provides a lot of background on the times, giving insights that are rarely available outside an academic context. This is backed up by an interesting approach to the examination of existing documents and artifacts which make very clear to the viewer how strong / weak the evidence is and how much (even of widely accepted 'knowledge') is based on conjecture. It weaves in the stories and legends around the established facts, but makes the distinction clear leaves it up to the viewer to assess a lot of the evidence that is presented. In this the production actually gains credibility while retaining interest. The viewer has much to figure out and it never becomes a dry, academic presentation.
An excellent production, which is worth keeping rather than just viewing.