Faking The Classics

Jonathan Bate investigates the attempts over the centuries to forge the works of the great.

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01Shakespeare2005102020051024
20100728 (BBC7)
20110228 (BBC7)
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Jonathan Bate investigates the attempts over the centuries to forge the works of the great.

How fraudsters and tricksters have set out to fool us with counterfeits passed off as the work of the Bard. Jonathan Bate investigates.

How fraudsters have set out to fool us with counterfeits passed off as work of the Bard.

How fraudsters and tricksters have tried to con us with fakes claimed to be written by the Bard.

Jonathan Bate investigates.

How fraudsters and have tried to con us with fakes claimed to be written by the Bard.

How fraudsters and tricksters have set out to fool us with counterfeits passed off as the Bard's.

How fraudsters have set out to fool us with counterfeits passed off as the Bard's.

02 LASTMozart2005102720051031
20100729 (BBC7)
20110307 (BBC7)
20120331 (BBC7)

How tricksters have tampered with the composer's musical legacy. Jonathan Bate sounds out the real notes from the duff ones.

How tricksters have tampered with the composer's musical legacy.

Straight after his death, the Mozart forgers got going right away.

What was to become one of his best-loved pieces, The Requiem, is certainly not all his own work.

His premature demise also contributed to the confusion - his personal papers were so chaotic, that slipping in a work by another composer could be quite easy.

With the help of the experts, Jonathan tries to untangle the real Mozart notes from the false ones.

Hustlers have ambitiously added to the oeuvre of a child prodigy.

Jonathan Bate sounds out the real notes from the duff ones.

Hustlers have ambitiously added to the child prodigy's oeuvre.

Jonathan Bate investigates.