Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Patrick Stewart's Prospero

“Episode 1.6.” By Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Perf. Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen, and Patrick Stewart. Dir. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Extras. Season 1, episode 6. BBC / HBO. 25 August 2005. DVD. Universal Pictures Video, 2007.

Some time ago, I mentioned the brief glimpse Extras gave us into Patrick Stewart as Prospero. Through the offices of my local library, I tracked down a copy of the show and am pleased to present a brief moment into this imagined production of The Tempest.

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