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Denzel Washington, Imtiaz Dharker, Emilia Bassano and Shakespeare's dark lady

Denzel Washington talks about The Equalizer 2, and Germaine Greer and Will Tosh discuss the identity of the dark lady of Shakespeare's sonnets.

The identity of the 'dark lady' of the Shakespeare's sonnets has mystified academics for years. As the Globe stage a new play about Emilia Bassano, one of the main candidates, Shakespearean academics Germaine Greer and Will Tosh consider how likely it is that Emilia is the dark lady and what we know about the real Emilia Bassano- a writer herself.

Denzel Washington discusses starring in his first ever sequel, The Equalizer 2. He returns as the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall, who delivers vigilante style justice for those people who can't do so for themselves, using any means necessary.

As part of our Inspire season, poet Imtiaz Dharker explains why walking through the city streets in the early hours gives her inspiration.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Hilary Dunn.

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30 minutes

Emilia - Dark Lady of the Sonnets

Emilia - Dark Lady of the Sonnets
Nicole Charles directing rehearsals of Emilia
Photo credit: Helen Murray

Emilia opens at Shakespeare's Globe from 10 Aug

The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington and
Dave York 
Photo credit: Sony Pictures/
Columbia Pictures

The Equalizer 2 is on general release from 17 Aug, cert 15

Main image: John Wilson and Denzel Washington

Imtiaz Dharker


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Germaine Greer
Interviewed Guest Will Tosh
Interviewed Guest Denzel Washington
Interviewed Guest Imtiaz Dharker
Producer Hilary Dunn




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