In so many ways I applaud this (now) late night series on TNTHD. Historical fiction can be quite tricky, especially when dealing with all the academics who care about Shakespeare. However, I feel we have the right mix of contemporary references (including contemporary language and social indicators) to keep the young adult audience engaged, while still informing us about the real (and important but neglected until now) historical environment in which Shakespeare lived.
A proviso is the series' starting Shakespeare out in London after having three kids. So much more about Shakespeare's plays can be imagined to be linked to Shakespeare's growing up years. I believe Shakespeare actually went to London much earlier due to the regular trips of the mail service to London and his family's glover business deliveries to London -- also on a regular basis for his family's income. Also, Shakespeare was exiled from Stratford, and he was a member of a traveling theatre troupe connected with his post secondary education which was secret because it was Catholic.
See Secret Shakespeare btw. I will be buying this series on DVD once it is available, especially since I missed one episode. It moved to later at night, I expect due to R-rated materials, but I haven't yet found a replay later in the week.
If you are missing this you are missing a lot! Look for it Monday nights at 11 p.m. and later (in our town).
Later Note (8/13/17): Again, for its ambience it's the bees knees, but for some of its historical details, I'm sure plenty of historians and other academics would beg to differ on particulars. After finally viewing Episode 4, A Brave New World, I, for one, say that it was not Francis, but rather, Anthony Bacon who was the drug addict in the Bacon family. (Francis liked wine, rather, and is jokingly portrayed as Olivia's uncle in Twelfth Night, Or What You Will. Also referred to in Measure, For Measure as "A judge who takes bribes" -- or was that Volpone, The Fox by Ben Jonson?) Anthony was the older brother of Francis, according to The Queen's Rings by Anne Meeker of Indiana. From this book and his marriage while in his 40's to a teenager I would guess that Francis had been neutered by the queen -- but that's just my guess. How could I possibly know one way or the other? I am not an historian, btw.
8/14/17 Later Note: Damn! Now I have that flaming gay rag from episode 4 playing in my head: "Fame." Who knew we'd be getting what seems like a fairly accurate account of a small piece of Christopher Marlowe's life within a series about Will? I'm enjoying that. He did write Dr. Faustus, I believe it was called, and so would have likely been doing research into the black arts. (The Renaissance is a huge area to study. I thoroughly enjoyed it at Rice University Library in Houston.)
Eagerly awaiting Kiss Me Kate, though on "Will."