The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1664 Friday, 22 August 2003
Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2003 16:04:37 -0400
Subject: To BBC3 or not to BBC3? Can Coogan and Shakespeare Turn the
To BBC3 or not to BBC3? Can Coogan and Shakespeare turn the viewers on?
By Ian Burrell, Media and Culture Correspondent
21 August 2003
Steve Coogan, the creator of such cultural car-crashes as Paul Calf and
Alan Partridge, is to become the BBC's new champion of poetry and
The Mancunian writer and comedian will attempt to popularise
Shakespeare's soliloquies by persuading some of Britain's best-known
comedy actors to recite them. From Bard to Verse, from Coogan's Baby Cow
production company, will feature the impressionists Alistair McGowan and
Ronni Ancona. He will play Romeo while she will be Portia from The
Merchant of Venice.
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