This undated publicity image released by PBS shows Jeremy Irons, a host of “Shakespeare Uncovered,” an inventive series tracing the origins of six of the writer’s plays through a combination of history, new analysis, and selected scenes. The series begins 9-11 p.m. EST Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/PBS, Alex Brenner)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeremy Irons has a suggestion for “Downton Abbey” fans: Give William Shakespeare a try, too.
Irons is among the prominent hosts of “Shakespeare Uncovered,” an inventive series tracing the origins of eight of the writer’s plays through a combination of history, new analysis, selected scenes — and, for Irons, a gallop on horseback across a fabled battlefield.
The series begins 9 p.m.-11 p.m. EST Friday (check local listings) on PBS, which happens to be the home of the hit period soap opera, “Downton Abbey.”
“Shakespeare Uncovered,” along with PBS’ planned fall airing of new films of four of Shakespeare’s plays, “open up to this huge American audience this gold dust,” Irons told reporters recently, and demonstrates Login to read more