Join Michael Parkinson and his weekend guests for conversation, entertainment and the occasional surprise. Guests include Max Wall, actress Janet Suzman and stage director/ producer/ performer Dr. Jonathan Miller. Jonathan Miller states that he prefers directing plays and operas to performing. He directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Vienna and believes that there is a different approach to Shakespeare and the classics on the continent. He speaks of his new job producing and directing plays in the BBC Television Shakespeare series. His interest rests in Shakespeare’s use of language to express human relations when today language is often used as an instrument of repression. He talks of the great use of humour in tragedies, for example King Lear. He believes that that there is no definitive version of Shakespeare. He considers himself a bad performer.


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Entertainment
  • Channel: BBC One
  • Duration: 01'06'00''
  • Broadcast date: 1980

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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