Countryfile\u2019s Shakespeare special was good, if not that special. You might wonder what direction a countryside TV show about the 400th anniversary of the Bard\u2019s death would go in. I did. It starts quite slowly with an inaccessible place named \u2018Shakespeare\u2019s cave\u2019. Presenter Matt Brown admits it may have been hard for Shakespeare to even reach the cave in his slipper clad feet. That\u2019s what happens in this show, at points it feels as if some of the links are tenuous. This criticism is not to say it lacked substance. Judi Dench lends gravitas as she recalls her own experiences of Shakespeare and recites his prose. The woman is amazing and the chemistry between her and John Craven is entertaining. There is also Shakespearean biographer Stanley Wells, who many think of as the leading authority on Shakespeare, talking about the Bard\u2019s life. We learn that the Forest of Arden, which is said to have inspired As You Like It, is now known as Birmingham. At least there still remains a tree that is \u2018probably\u2019 1,000 years old and \u2018maybe\u2019 Shakespeare sat beneath it. Ale features heavily, the staple drink of most people back then. In fact a working man was officially allowed 8 pints a day, even toddlers drank ale, as it was safer than water. Wool is another topic that gets dissected. Protected by the crown, it was the \u2018Aberdeen oil\u2019 of its day. It is amazing to think of a time when farming was so profitable. This section is also one of the funniest when farmer Adam Henson herds sheep through the centre of Stratford only for them to bolt when they see open space. The final part was fascinating. It was the building of the Minack theatre in Cornwall. Built into the cliffs by a visionary local Rowena Cade it still remains a place for Shakespeare\u2019s The Tempest to be acted out today. For regular Countryfile fans this edition was an amiable wander around Shakespeare\u2019s life. To another channel hopper I\u2019m not sure they would have been gripped enough to hang around as sometimes the links to Shakespeare felt a stretch.\u00a0 This is despite there being some very interesting things to learn and that\u2019s why those that love it will continue to. The Countryfile Shakespeare Special is now available on the iPlayer.