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Shakespeare tribute on Beeb was much ado about nothing

Published 07/05/2016

I could have warned BBC2 - the star-studded celebration of Shakespeare's birthday flopped on the telly just as I predicted. It couldn't compete with an ancient episode of Dad's Army on the night. Even with Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast, Shakespeare was watched by 200,000 fewer viewers than Captain Mainwaring and his Home Guard platoon.

Shakespeare tribute on Beeb was much ado about nothing

I could have warned BBC2 - the star-studded celebration of Shakespeare's birthday flopped on the telly just as I predicted. It couldn't compete with an ancient episode of Dad's Army on the night. Even with Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast, Shakespeare was watched by 200,000 fewer viewers than Captain Mainwaring and his Home Guard platoon. 

Way back when I was at school, I cheered on a daring academic who called on Shakespeare to be removed from the curriculum of grammar schools everywhere and replaced with modern literature. What a fuss he caused, as calls went out for his resignation and his head.

I've never been a Shakespeare fan. Alright there are one or two memorable pieces, but I was bored by the Bard at school and so, I suspect, was my English teacher.

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