If you are in the United Kingdom, or otherwise have access to the BBC iPlayer, you owe it to yourself to check out The King and the Playwright, a three-part series starting tonight (when else?) with James Shapiro, the superlative Columbia scholar I’ve praised many times on this blog. I expect this will be the video version of his forthcoming 1610, so it can’t help but be both enlightening and entertaining. Somehow the best work on Shakespeare combines these qualities, following the unparalleled example of its subject.
Anyway, just watch it. And do feel free to thank me for the heads-up.