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BBC Television Shakespeare


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The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and broadcast by BBC Television. Transmitted in the UK from 3 December 1978 to 27 April 1985, the series spanned seven seasons and thirty-seven episodes.
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  • Series facts 

  • Origins 

  • Shakespeare on the BBC 

  • Funding 

  • Rejected plans 

  • Realism 

  • UK publicity 

  • US publicity 

  • Scheduling 

  • Early restrictions 

  • Seasons 1 and 2 (Cedric Messina, producer) 

  • Seasons 3 and 4 (Jonathan Miller, producer) 

  • Reception 

  • ''Romeo and Juliet'' 

  • Behind the scenes 

  • ''King Richard the Second'' 

  • ''As You Like It'' 

  • ''Julius Caesar'' 

  • ''Measure for Measure'' 

  • ''The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight'' 

  • ''The First Part of King Henry the Fourth, with the life and death of Henry surnamed Hotspur'' 

  • ''The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth containing his Death: and the Coronation of King Henry the Fift'' 

  • ''The Life of Henry the Fift'' 

  • ''Twelfth Night'' 

  • ''The Tempest'' 

  • ''Hamlet, Prince of Denmark'' 

  • ''The Taming of the Shrew'' 

  • ''The Merchant of Venice'' 

  • ''All's Well That Ends Well'' 

  • ''The Winter's Tale'' 

  • ''Timon of Athens'' 

  • ''Antony and Cleopatra'' 

  • ''Othello'' 

  • ''Troilus and Cressida'' 

  • ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' 

  • ''King Lear'' 

  • ''The Merry Wives of Windsor'' 

  • ''The First Part of Henry the Sixt'' 

  • ''The Second Part of Henry the Sixt'' 

  • ''The Third Part of Henry the Sixt'' 

  • ''The Tragedy of Richard III'' 

  • ''Cymbeline'' 

  • ''Macbeth'' 

  • ''The Comedy of Errors'' 

  • ''The Two Gentlemen of Verona'' 

  • ''The Tragedy of Coriolanus'' 

  • ''The Life and Death of King John'' 

  • ''Pericles, Prince of Tyre'' 

  • ''Much Ado About Nothing'' 

  • ''Love's Labour's Lost'' 

  • ''Titus Andronicus'' 

  • Omissions and changes