Moviemaker Sam Mendes is turning his attentions to the small screen - he's set to helm four television films based on the works of William Shakespeare.
The American Beauty director has signed up to executive produce Richard II, Henry IV parts I and II, and Henry V for the BBC as part of a special season dedicated to The Bard.
Mendes reveals he "couldn't be more delighted" to be working on the programmes, adding, "One of my earliest introductions to Shakespeare was watching the plays on TV, and it's terrific to have the opportunity to bring them to a new, wider audience.
The TV films are set to air in the U.K. in 2012.