Not a review, but a plug. I’ve only caught one of these so far, but it was an incredible episode. Though the source material is rich indeed, Schama has done a splendid job in showing the historical and royal context behind Shakespeare’s plays and especially the speeches within. And even that context has drama. I’ll admit that, though I’ve seen quite a few of the plays, my background knowledge on the bard isn’t particularly great – so for me this was a real eye-opener. I’m not sure how long these episodes will be on the iPlayer, as I suspect they’ll head to DVD at some point, but it’s well worth checking out.