Poets enjoy flourishes of creativity only to suffer interminable droughts of inspiration. This charming 13-part series delicately probes the particular creative heart of the Canadian poet, unraveling the sometimes fascinating, sometimes drab day-to-day realities of their struggles with the muse.

Naveen Andrews (Lost) stars in this frank, funny four-part series that follows Karim, a teenager of Pakistani descent living in London, through his coming of age in the mid-1970s. Bored with high school, the astute and somewhat jaded young man must negotiate his way through the enticing world of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll – not to mention some questionable adult influences –­ to successfully pursue his dream of becoming a playwright. Based on the novel written by Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette).

Employing actors and actresses from the Royal Shakespeare Company, John Barton holds a series of workshops on performing Shakespeare, concentrating on the pragmatic question: How does Shakespeare’s text actually work?

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