The Life of Shakespeare 6-part series was shown on ITV in 1978. It was scripted by John Mortimer (he who is responsible for Rumpole of the Bailey and many other things).
Shakespeare is played by Tim Curry while Ian McShane plays Kit Marlowe. The period London's influential gay population is given parity in this series. I've only watched some of it so far, but am enjoying it a great deal. It's lively and energetic. The costumes are splendid as is appropriate for a series that sets so many scenes within the theater with the costume makers forever chasing Richard Burbage and other famous board treaders about for fittings. The more the watcher knows about this era of England politics, both power and literary, the more the watcher will enjoy.
The discs were obtained from netflix. The color values are a lot higher than on many dvds from this era of English television, though it doesn't play full screen.
The vitality of the period, the place, the London theater. the man and his cohorts are fundamental to this series, and a fine way to observe the splendid fact that my broken elbow is healing well and I feel so much better -- and energetic myself.