The other great David Tennant-starring broadcast this Christmas is of course Hamlet – the BBC recording of the 2008 RSC production is more than just a play caught on camera as trailers and a Times preview article reveal.
It seems there was never any chance of this being simply a recording – co-star Patrick Stewartfor a start off doesn’t like that concept:
â€œWe were in no way filming a stage production, because none of us wanted to do that. Putting on film a stage production, I think, is hopeless and artificial.â€
Despite this, it seems only the locations have changed – the recording takes Hamlet away from the stage and sets it in location in North London, retaining the principle cast, props and director Greg Doran.
A single camera (a Red digital, apparently better than HD) was used to record Hamle, something which aided with bringing new life to Shaekspeare’s classic, says David Tennant.
â€œItâ€™s funny doing it,â€ Tennant says, â€œbecause you know it well, but at the same time youâ€™re slightly rediscovering it for a camera. It’s all a bit closer, which I like.â€
Catch Hamlet on BBC Two at 5.05pm on Boxing Day.