Sunday, November 02, 2014
Ian Richardson and Patrick Stewart in 1969
Screened in 1969, Civilisation - Kenneth Clark's history of Western art, architecture and philosophy - was a landmark in television.
One programme in the series contained an excerpt from Hamlet, filmed at Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire.
It featured, as Hamlet and Horatio respectively, two stage actors who were to be household names two decades later thanks to television: Ian Richardson and Patrick Stewart.
Even so, I am inclined to judge that the scene is stolen by the whoreson gravedigger Ronald Lacey.