'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.

Dame Judi Dench is set to appear on 'Countryfile'
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."

'Countryfile' is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death
'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.

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