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Hamlet Preview

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:

“We 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.”

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.

“It’s funny doing it,” Tennant says, “because you know it well, but at the same time you’re slightly rediscovering it for a camera. It’s all a bit closer, which I like.”

Catch Hamlet on BBC Two at 5.05pm on Boxing Day.


Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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