A Bard’s tale. How Shakespeare united the intellectual and populist like no one else.

Watch Simon Schama's Shakespeare and Us on BBC Select

How much is the personality of England intertwined with the visions of Shakespeare?

Acclaimed historian Simon Schama tries to get beneath the skin of the playwright and understand why his stories are so relevant today.

In this insightful documentary we are shown how Shakespeare knew the importance of not just reflecting the lives of the kings and queens who peppered his plays, but ordinary people too – including thieves, clowns and prostitutes.

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