'Countryfile' Recruits Judi Dench To Front Shakespeare Special

The hit BBC show is honouring the Bard with a special edition.

Dame Judi Dench is set to star in a very special edition of 'Countryfile' this weekend, as the show celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.

The critically acclaimed actress will join long-standing host John Craven to look back at the life of the iconic playwright.

<strong>Dame Judi Dench is set to appear on 'Countryfile'</strong>
Dame Judi Dench is set to appear on 'Countryfile'
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The pair will travel by foot and by boat as they will take a closer look at the myths and facts of Shakespeare's touring troupe, The King's Men, and their journeys across England.

Speaking of the special episode, Judi said in a statement: "I'm a huge fan of 'Countryfile'. It was lovely to be part of it, and it was wonderful to learn that Shakespeare had toured with his company."

John added: "In my long career few things have topped the experience of standing in a 16th century hall where Shakespeare's touring company once played and doing a bit of the balcony scene from 'Romeo and Juliet' with Dame Judi Dench.

"She was a delightful companion as we traced the Bard's journey by foot and boat through rural Kent and her life-long passion for Shakespeare's work really shone through."

<strong>'Countryfile' is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death</strong>
'Countryfile' is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death

Securing Judi's services is the latest coup for the show, which recently announced news of a new daytime daytime spin-off, ‘Countryfile Diaries’, in light of its huge ratings success.

2015 saw the programme go from strength to strength with audiences, and it made headlines when it beat ‘The X Factor’ not once but twice in the Sunday night ratings battle, at one point drawing in a whopping 7.8 million viewers.

'Countryfile' airs its Shakespeare special on Sunday (24 April) at 7pm on BBC One.