This is going to be the last Tuesday News Day for 2015... and probably the last regularly scheduled one ever. I love writing posts for the Inner Toob blog, don't get me wrong. And I will continue next year. But the news stories always felt like they were late or that they were rendered moot when a project fell through. I'm lazy enough as it is without finding out I exerted all of that effort for nothing!
So with that said, "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly...."
April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, so that's when the BBC Shakespeare Festival will launch to celebrate the Bard's 452nd birthday. (Probably because it's the only date History can lock down.)
On BBC Two, there will be three more episodes of 'The Hollow Crown' - new adaptations of Shakespeare's History Plays with Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Judi Dench leading the dramatis personae. And then the Royal Shakespeare Company will be staging a live birthday celebration hosted by David Tennant. I hope we get to see that here in America - live TV promises epic disaster. Just ask Steve Harvey.....
There will be another staging of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for BBC1, directed by Russell T. Davies and including Matt Lucas, Bernard Cribbins, Elaine Page, Maxine Peake, and Richard Wilson.
In the greater Toobworld universe, there have been many portrayals of Shakespeare in a variety of programs. Those who were in self-contained TV movies and mini-series, like the Bard played by Tim Curry, would be relegated to other dimensions. The Shakespeares that would be included interacted (for the most part) with previously established TV characters.
The recasting for all of those Shakespeares can be splained away either as ghosts ('The Twilight Zone'), computer simulations ('Mentors'), magical summonings ('Sabrina, The Teenage Witch' & 'I Dream Of Jeannie') which could be Fictionals out of a book, but for the most part as figments of dreams ('The Zack Files', 'Northern Exposure', and 'The Drew Carey Show', although that's more of a coma than a dream.) It was the Doctor and Martha Jones' encounter with Shakespeare in 'Doctor Who' that could be considered the true Bard of Avon. (But it must have been Casual Friday as to his look......)