The fifth episode of My Shakespeare broadcasts on Monday 20th October Sky Arts 1 HD at 9.00pm. David Harewood embarks on a fascinating journey into the magic, mayhem and mischief of Shakespeare’s Othello.
Each programme in this new 6 part Open University/Sky Arts series features a leading actor exploring their passion for the world’s greatest dramatist.
The series includes:
Morgan Freeman on The Taming of The Shrew, Kim Cattrall on Anthony & Cleopatra, Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet, Hugh Bonneville on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Harewood on Othello, Christopher Plummer on King Lear.
In each episode, one star will explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theatre.
“This is our first collaboration with Sky Arts and the results are a fabulous set of programmes, that are rich not only in contemporary insight, but in the many clips from the great productions of the past. We are delighted to be associated with it.”
Derek Matravers, Media Fellow, Faculty of Arts
Episode 5: Othello
Broadcasting Monday 20th October – 9.00pm
Homeland actor David Harewood delves into Shakespeare’s Othello, the tragic tale of how an honourable man is transformed into a jealous killer through the psychological manipulation of his alleged friend Iago.
Could you kill the person that you love? – Harewood asks as he unpicks the Moor of Venice’s vulnerabilities, the power of the doubt Iago cleverly plants in his fellow warrior’s mind about his wife Desdemona’s infidelity and the psychological motivation behind Othello’s eventual murder of his beloved spouse.
OpenLearnhas extensive content in connection with the series subject areas. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy of Shakespeare.
This 6-part series was commissioned by Caroline Ogilvie, Open Media Unit, and is supported by the OU’s Faculty of Arts, with particular relevance to:
- BA (Honours) English Literature (Q66)
- BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing (Q86)
- BA (Honours) English Language and Literature (Q39)
- BA (Honours) Humanities (Q03)
- The arts past and present (AA100)
- Reading and studying literature (A230)
- Shakespeare: text and performance (AA306)
- English Literature from Shakespeare to Austen (A334) (First presentation October 2015)
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