Shakespeare's First Folio (29 min.)
In Shakespeare's day, original manuscripts of plays were thrown away after use. If it weren't for one printed volume, The First Folio (1623), many of his greatest works, such as Macbeth and The Tempest, would have been lost forever. Actor Simon Russell Beale has long been obsessed with the collection - and what secrets it might give up about its author. With privileged access to this rare volume, expert testimony from directors Sam Mendes and Nicholas Hytner, plus wonderful solo performances by Russell Beale, the shadowy figure of William Shakespeare comes more into focus. From the BBC series The Secret History of the Book.