TV Will Shakespeare (ITV 1978, Tim Curry, Ian McShane) Published 3 years ago on June 2, 2016 In this lavish 6 part period drama we are given a semi fictionalised account of the life of Will Shakespeare, especially his early years when he was trying to make a name for himself as a struggling actor before teaming up with Christopher Marlowe to help him complete his play Doctor Faustus, before making a mark of his own as a playwright. The serial moves on to cover all the key points of Shakespeare’s life, including his strained relationship with Anne Hathaway. The settings are fantastic, the Globe theatre wonderfully realised, it always looks quite stagey though which actually works in its favour. it’s all very busy at first but settles down after the first episode. Mortimer plays pretty fast and loose with the facts of Shakespeare’s life, it’s highly doubtful that he ever worked with Marlowe for instance but so little is really known about his life that the production gets away with it. Tim Curry is very good as Will and there are plenty of prominent names popping up in key roles from Ian McShane as Christopher Marlowe to Andre Morell as Edward Alleyn. There are also appearances from Simon MacCorkindale, Paul Freeman and ex Angel Shirley Cheriton as a waitress who Shakespeare is having a fling with but who dies of plague in episode two. production details UK / ITV – ATV / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 13 June – 18 July 1978 Writer: John Mortimer / Fights arranged by B.H. Harry / Costumes: David Walker / Scenery designed by Henry Graveney and Michael Bailey / Music: Richard Hill / Story Consultant: Peter Wood / Producer: Cecil Clarke cast TIM CURRY as William Shakespeare IAN McSHANE as Christopher Marlowe DEREK ROYLE as William Kempe MICHAEL HADLEY as Augustine Phillips RON COOK as Jack Rice RICHARD CORDERY as Henry Condell FRED BRYANT as William Slye IRENE SUNTERS as Mistress Rice MEG WYNN OWEN as Anne Hathaway PAUL FREEMAN as Dick Burbage ANDRE MORELL as Edward Alleyn ROGER LLOYD PACK as Jack heminge SIMON MacCORKINDALE as Sir Thomas Walsingham SHIRLEY CHERITON as Kate THE EPISODES 13 June – 18 July 1978 1. DEAD SHEPHERD 2. ALMS FOR OBLIVION 3. OF COMFORT AND DESPAIR 4. THE LOVED BOY 5. REBELLION’S MASTERPIECE 6. THE LIVING RECORD Andre MorellATVBiographyCecil ClarkeDerek RoyleIan McShaneITVJohn MortimerMeg Wynn OwenPaul FreemanPeriod Drama SeriesRoger Lloyd PackRon CookShirley CheritonSimon MacCorkindaleTim CurryTVWilliam Shakespeare Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes22 hours ago Alien Highway: UFO Recovery (S1EP2 Travel Wed 19 Jun 2019) UFO Recovery: Chuck Zukowski receives a map from an informant that supposedly leads to a hidden cache of recovered materials... Episodes22 hours ago Lone Star Justice: Killing Fields (S1EP3 ID Wed 19 Jun 2019) Almost Home: Killing Fields: When a distraught woman calls 911 to report that her husband has taken his own life,... Episodes22 hours ago The Killer Beside Me: Almost Home (S2EP3 ID Wed 19 Jun 2019) Almost Home: When 54-year-old Gayle Isleib was shot to death as she arrived home from work in Manchester, Conn., on... Episodes22 hours ago Southern Charm: A Salt and Battery (S6EP6 Bravo Wed 19 Jun 2019) A Salt and Battery: The boys rent an RV and spend time together outdoors in an attempt to help Austen... Episodes22 hours ago The Butcher: Raising the Steaks (S1EP3 HISTORY Raising the Steaks) Raising the Steaks: Four master butchers must carve an entire deer with little more than a traditional flint knife before... search EPISODES Episodes22 hours ago Match Game: Chris Parnell, Whitney Cummings (S4EP8 ABC Wed 19 Jun 2019) Chris Parnell, Whitney Cummings, Tony Rock, Jane Krakowski, Rob Riggle: Actor Chris Parnell from “Archer”; comic Whitney Cummings; “Living Biblically”... Episodes22 hours ago Married at First Sight: Something Borrowed, Someone New (S9EP2 Lifetime Wed 19 Jun 2019) Something Borrowed, Someone New: After the final two couples tie the knot, all eight newlyweds join their family and friends... Episodes22 hours ago Guy’s Grocery Games: All-Stars’ Full Meal (S20EP12 Food Network Wed 19 Jun 2019) All-Stars’ Full Meal: Celebrity all-star chefs must incorporate a special ingredient of Guy’s choosing into their international meal, then a... advertisement MOVIES Movies4 days ago Must See Movies: Rocketman In the hands of actor turned director Dexter Fletcher Rocketman – with Elton John’s approval – has become a musical... Movies5 days ago Aliens (1987, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn) After 57 years in deep sleep Flight Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is rescued from the escape capsule of the... Movies5 days ago L’Ennui (1998, Arielle Dombasle, Charles Bering) The portrayal of sexual obsession has long been a cinematic staple, but it’s a see-saw genre – for every original... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.