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It’s 1592 and Will Shakespeare is at the beginning of his career. His early work is looked down on by the literary establishment, and he’s not taken seriously at home. And Will’s troubles don’t stop there. He’s under pressure to churn out more work, undermined by his snooty rival Robert Greene, and his badly behaved parents are living in his house. Follow the Bard's fictional early life and the rather surprising stories about where his best ideas came from.

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It’s 1592 and Will Shakespeare is at the beginning of his career. His early work is looked down on by the literary establishment, and he’s not taken seriously at home. And Will’s troubles don’t stop there. He’s under pressure to churn out more work, undermined by his snooty rival Robert Greene, and his badly behaved parents are living in his house. Follow the Bard's fictional early life and the rather surprising stories about where his best ideas came from.

    • EPISODE 1

    Star Crossed Lovers

    Will struggles to find inspiration for Romeo while at the same time having to deal with an angry actor, a very annoying house-guest, and his family’s not-terribly-helpful script suggestions.

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    • 29 Minutes

    Will struggles to find inspiration for Romeo while at the same time having to deal with an angry actor, a very annoying house-guest, and his family’s not-terribly-helpful script suggestions.

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    • 29 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    The Play's the Thing

    Will’s controversial new play is about to be presented to Queen Elizabeth when it goes missing. As the finger of suspicion points at his best friend Marlowe, can Will come up with a way to recover his stolen masterpiece? And given its politically sensitive content, is he really wise to want it back?

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    Will’s controversial new play is about to be presented to Queen Elizabeth when it goes missing. As the finger of suspicion points at his best friend Marlowe, can Will come up with a way to recover his stolen masterpiece? And given its politically sensitive content, is he really wise to want it back?

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    • EPISODE 3

    The Apparel Proclaims the Man

    Will hopes to move up in the world when he is invited to Lord Southampton’s party. But what should a poorly-educated country boy wear to London’s poshest do? And when his rival Sir Robert Greene gives him some fashion tips, is it a double bluff, a triple bluff, or something even more fiendish?

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    Will hopes to move up in the world when he is invited to Lord Southampton’s party. But what should a poorly-educated country boy wear to London’s poshest do? And when his rival Sir Robert Greene gives him some fashion tips, is it a double bluff, a triple bluff, or something even more fiendish?

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    • EPISODE 4

    Love Is Not Love

    Will has completed his final sonnet and senses literary immortality just around the corner. But will the fair youth and the dark lady like them as much as he hopes? And is Anne likely to be impressed that her husband’s 154 hot new love poems don’t contain much about her?

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    Will has completed his final sonnet and senses literary immortality just around the corner. But will the fair youth and the dark lady like them as much as he hopes? And is Anne likely to be impressed that her husband’s 154 hot new love poems don’t contain much about her?

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    • EPISODE 5

    What Bloody Man Is That?

    The plague leads Will and his friends to escape to the family home in Stratford. On the way they meet three witches who have some surprising predictions to make about Will’s future, leading to a very serious case of house envy.

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    The plague leads Will and his friends to escape to the family home in Stratford. On the way they meet three witches who have some surprising predictions to make about Will’s future, leading to a very serious case of house envy.

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    • EPISODE 6

    The Quality of Mercy

    There’s money to be made investing in cargos from the New World: but while Marlowe invests in tobacco and potato products, Will would rather invest in building a new theatre. But when Will’s savings go missing he’s forced to make a rather unusual bargain with his rival Robert Greene. Meanwhile Kate’s frustration with the lack of roles for women leads her to make a rather dramatic intervention…

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    • 29 Minutes

    There’s money to be made investing in cargos from the New World: but while Marlowe invests in tobacco and potato products, Will would rather invest in building a new theatre. But when Will’s savings go missing he’s forced to make a rather unusual bargain with his rival Robert Greene. Meanwhile Kate’s frustration with the lack of roles for women leads her to make a rather dramatic intervention…

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    • 29 Minutes
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