Judi Dench

BBC broadcasts season of content celebrating 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio

A man portraying William Shakespeare walks down a period-appropriate street

The programming is being broadcast across TV, radio, iPlayer and BBC Sounds, and features both archival and original content.

The First Folio compiles 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, 18 of which had never been published prior, including such major works as Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night. As such, it is often credited with preventing these works from becoming lost to time.

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Judi Dench - All the World's Her Stage

BBC One, 8pm

This documentary celebrates one of Britain’s best-loved actors Dame Judi Dench, by looking back over her remarkable 60-year career.

Narrated by Colin Salmon, with contributors including Daniel Craig, Ann Mitchell, Sam Mendes and Sir Ian McKellan, the film reveals why Judi Dench has become the ‘second most popular woman in Britain’.

Tim Minchin and Al Murray to star at BBC Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare, Benedict Cumberbatch,

The event is part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival which will take place in April to mark 400 years since the writer’s death.

The live television event will be hosted by David Tennant and directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, and will feature Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, the English National Opera and more.