Posted on 19/06/2012
Professor Justin Champion pictured with actor David Tennant
In the BBC’s new Shakespeare Uncovered season, Royal Holloway’s Professor Justin Champion contributes to a series of six extraordinary new films that tell the stories behind some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, beginning on Tuesday 19 June.
Featuring interviews with actors, directors and academics, visits to the plays’ key locations, plus clips from many film versions and newly staged excerpts specially rehearsed and performed at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, the series combines new analysis with personal passion to investigate and reveal the world and works of William Shakespeare, and looks at the incredible impact of his plays, which still remains today.
Professor Champion, a specialist in Early Modern Ideas based in Royal Holloway’s Department of History, features in several of the films, contributing to analysis of Macbeth and Hamlet (for which he found himself filming in a graveyard with actor David Tennant), among others.
Professor Champion first appears in Shakespeare Uncovered: Macbeth which airs on Tuesday 26 June at 9pm on BBC Four. Presented by actor Ethan Hawke, the challenge of the truly ancient story of the play. Assisted by Professor Champion - who visits the actual Scottish sites of the story on his behalf - Ethan is introduced to Dunsinane where Macbeth supposedly lived and to the history books that distorted the true story and led Shakespeare himself to distort the truth.
Go to the BBC’s website for more information and an episode guide.