Its hard for me to do much more than squawk at you guys the names of David Tenant, Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons and Shakespeare. But I suppose you’ll be needing more information than that, eh?

PBS is airing “Shakespeare Uncovered” in six parts, on three consecutive Friday evenings at the end of January 2013.

A celebrity host will take you through one or two plays for an hour. And you’ll get two hours each of these Friday nights.

What you can expect are interviews (actors, directors, general smart people), video comparisons of the different plays, and even live performances from the Globe.

  • Shakespeare Uncovered PBS – January 25, 2013 air day

Ethan Hawke will explore “Macbeth,” Joley Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave will discuss the comedies of “Twelfth Night” and “As You Like It.”

  • Shakespeare Uncovered PBS – February 1, 2013 air day

Derek Jacobi will talk you through “Richard II,” then Jeremy Irons will discuss both “Henry IV” and “Henry V.” Fans will want to see the special clips of the upcoming “Great Performances” featuring Irons as Henry IV and Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal/Henry V.

  • Shakespeare Uncovered PBS – February 8, 2013 air day

And that dreamy David Tennant will lead a discussion on “Hamlet,” before director Trevor Nunn takes the reigns on “The Tempest.”

Shakespeare Uncovered PBS – Fridays, January 25 to February 8, 2013, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

This compelling series tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passions of celebrated hosts Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant.

Episodes include “Macbeth With Ethan Hawke” (1/25, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), in which the classic “Scottish play” goes under the microscope, and “The Comedies With Joely Richardson” (1/25, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET), which explores why two gender-bending plays, Twelfth Night and As You Like It, remain among the most popular. The series also includes “Richard II With Derek Jacobi” (2/1, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), “Henry IV & Henry V With Jeremy Irons” (2/1, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET), “Hamlet With David Tennant” (2/8, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) and “The Tempest With Trevor Nunn” (2/8, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET). – Via Press Release



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