TNT's Will Podcast

TNT's Will Podcast

The official companion podcast to the TNT original series Will, a new drama about a young William Shakespeare. Join historian Michael Wood each week for an in-depth episode discussion with Craig Pearce (creator and executive producer) and Shekhar Kapur (executive producer and director), as they reveal behind-the-scenes details and parse fact from fiction in Shakespeare's mysterious backstory. New episodes of Will air Mondays at 9/8c on TNT.... Show More

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September 4, 2017 19 min

Director/Executive Producer Shekhar Kapur returns to the podcast to discuss the Will finale with host Michael Wood and Creator/Executive Producer Craig Pearce, and to explain why he believes that if Shakespeare were to write a play about his life today, it would be similar to TNT's Will. The trio provide insight into Topcliffe's real-life undoing, how the fundamentalist natures of Robert Southwell and Topcliffe mirror the e... Read more

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August 28, 2017 9 min

Host Michael Wood and Creator/Executive Producer Craig Pearce explore the Elizabethan philosophy of "live fast, die young, and leave a pox-ridden corpse," and how it's the same force that drives any third world country or poverty stricken area today; the need to accomplish and do things "now" because there might not be a tomorrow! Craig shares the six-week trip to India that inspired his writing on Will, and al... Read more

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August 21, 2017 16 min

Host Michael Wood and Creator/Executive Producer Craig Pearce discuss the ramifications of what it meant for William Shakespeare to write a political play in his time, and how he achieved that without punishment. They examine the Elizabethan torture mentality on the grounds of religion and how it relates to today's modern society and political climate. And they reveal that the collaboration between Christopher Marlowe and Willi... Read more

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August 14, 2017 12 min

Host Michael Wood and Creator/Executive Producer Craig Pearce discuss the real theater blaze that inspired the opening scene of the episode, and the importance of wealthy theater patrons in those days. They also provide a more detailed look at Burbage and explain why he was such a theater visionary during that time period. They talk about Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus," and how it was likely inspired by his own... Read more

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August 7, 2017 12 min

Host Michael Wood and Creator/Executive Producer Craig Pearce discuss the rock & roll lifestyle of the theater, the real riots that often erupted around the theater, and the roles of the apprentices. They discuss the influence of the Punk Rock movement of the 70s in London on this specific episode, and how both the music and the dress trends of 70s London were blended with Elizabethan dress trends to create what viewers see and... Read more

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July 31, 2017 13 min

Host Michael Wood and Creator/Executive Producer Craig Pearce discuss the importance of humanizing Topcliffe, and his inability to connect with people. They also look at Will, the family man, with the arrival of his wife and children in this episode, and Will's struggle to do the right thing by his family while pursuing his own dream. And they reveal the root of Christopher Marlowe's fascination with death, and the impact ... Read more

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July 24, 2017 14 min

Host Michael Wood and Creator/Executive Producer Craig Pearce discuss the real Topcliffe who lived in Elizabethan times, and served as the Queen's Chief Persecutor of Catholics. They address the real torture chamber that existed in Topcliffe's mansion, and the reason why there is virtually no recorded history of Topcliffe save a handful of very chatty letters to the Queen. Craig also reveals his inspiration for the Alice B... Read more

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July 17, 2017 13 min

Host Michael Wood and Creator/Executive Producer Craig Pearce and Director/Executive Producer Shekhar Kapur provide background and insight into the introduction of Shakespeare's cousin, Robert Southwell and his role in Shakespeare's life, and explain how the printing press became the "social media" of Shakespeare's day. They also reveal that while Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers of all time, he was ... Read more

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Host Michael Wood and Creator/Executive Producer Craig Pearce and Director/Executive Producer Shekhar Kapur break down the first two episodes of TNT's new series, Will. They discuss the historic conflict between Catholics and Protestants and why it's so critical to Will's story, and the importance of art and theater as the center of public discourse during Shakespeare's time. They also provide greater background de... Read more

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July 9, 2017 44 sec

The official companion podcast to the TNT original series Will, a new drama about a young William Shakespeare. Join historian Michael Wood each week for an in-depth episode discussion with Craig Pearce (creator and executive producer) and Shekhar Kapur (executive producer and director), as they reveal behind-the-scenes details and parse fact from fiction in Shakespeare's mysterious backstory. New episodes of Will air Mondays at... Read more

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