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Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1424  Thursday, 10 July 2003

[1]     From:   Daphne Pearson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Jul 2003 21:26:48 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1406 Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Jul 2003 13:32:14 -0400
        Subj:   Wood on Shakespeare Documentary


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From:           Daphne Pearson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Jul 2003 21:26:48 +0100
Subject: 14.1406 Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1406 Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare

Stuart Manger wrote:

>BUT
>
>As a scholarly exercise, it has enough holes for a sieve in which only
>witches might sail with security - as correspondents have pointed out.
>
>Surely, the problem is, as so often with so-called 'serious TV", how to
>balance weighty scholarship with ratings? Starkey managed it
>brilliantly, albeit I can abide him not. Wood has, as many have pointed
>out, no particular expertise in the field.

Perhaps Wood could have prefaced each episode with something along the
lines of:

"We don't know a lot about Shakespeare's life, but here's how it MIGHT
have been."

This would not detract at all from the televisual interest, but would
satisfy those, like me, who would like to be told if there is any
evidence for much of this documentary. There is nothing wrong with
fictionalising a life, as long as it is made quite clear that this is
what is happening.

Daphne

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Jul 2003 13:32:14 -0400
Subject:        Wood on Shakespeare Documentary

The Bard on the Brain By Paul M Matthews and Jeffrey McQuain
In Search of Shakespeare By Michael Wood

Superhuman Will was a brain specialist testing his fancy theories on the
stage; Will the playwright was an astute, cautious outsider. John
Morrish weighs up the competing claims of two very different takes on
Shakespeare (22 June 2003)

DANA 

 

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