So, did you watch Shakespeare Uncovered? I've got all 6 episodes (there were 6, right?) on DVR and have been trying to find the time to watch them, because I don't want to miss anything.
I find my attention span with stuff like that does an interesting thing. Here's the way I put it in conversation earlier today:
They have this weird effect on me where a single line - or, hell, pretty much David Tennant on screen at all - is overwhelmingly spine tingly. But then they switch to the narrator/host/expert who talks *about* Shakespeare and my mind tends to wander right out of the room. When it comes to the "about" Shakespeare part it's in a different league. "Oh, Shakespeare wrote The Tempest while he was dealing with his daughter's controversial engagement to a man who'd impregnated another woman, I never made that connection before…." is interesting, but not in the same way that watching performance is.Does that make sense? I like learning about Shakespeare. I do. But Trevor Nunn talking about directorial choices in staging the shipwreck just doesn't hold my interest the same way that the actual shipwreck does.
If you missed Shakespeare Uncovered, the entire series is available (or maybe coming soon?) to DVD. Attached is the press release I received this morning: