|WILL SHAKESPEARE (1978 TV series)|
|Broadcast June 13-July 18, 1978|
|Will Shakespeare, also known as Life of Shakespeare and William Shakespeare: His Life & Times, was an historical drama series created and written by John Mortimer. Broadcast in six parts, the series is a dramatisation of the life and times of the great poet William Shakespeare, and was co-produced by Lew Grade‘s ATV and RAI and distributed internationally by ITC. The two production companies had collaborated successfully the previous year on Jesus of Nazareth.
Each episode was based around the creation of a single play, and the idea of Shakespeare’s real life experiences influencing his writing was used as the central plot device. As there are few known facts about the life of Shakespeare, Mortimer embellished upon known stories or legends about the playwright’s life. These included a supposed apprenticeship with Christopher Marlowe and a homoerotic relationship with the Earl of Southampton.
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