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21.

Shakespeare in Perspective: Titus Andronicus

Anthony Clare offers his personal view of the play which portrays the family as "the source of all our strengths, the genesis of our noblest hopes and foulest desires."
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2017; 1985
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Acting in Musicals

Music and acting…there was a time when they were inseparable. But today we have divided these two great art forms and we only put them together in the opera and the musical. How does the music influence an Actor’s work? Does the word lead the music or does the music lead the word? Just how does an Actor work through a song?
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2017; 2004
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Daniel Deronda: Episode 3

This film is a dramatization of George Eliot's novel of the same name. Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness. In the third episode,the Grandcourt marriage occurs; acclaimed musician Herr Klesmer receives an invitation to hear Mirah sing; Daniel finds Mirah's brother Ezra; and Sir Hugo Mallinger gives Daniel an important letter.
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2017; 2002
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The Woman in White: Episode 1

The lives of two half-sisters and their drawing master get caught up in a deadly conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed all in white. In this first episode of the five part series, Walter Hartright encounters a woman in the woods before arriving at Limmeridge. He falls in love with Laura Fairlie who is engaged to marry Sir Percival Glyde. Glyde's reputation is called into question by a mysterious letter.
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2017; 1982
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Shakespeare in Perspective: Henry VI Part 1

Michael Wood sets the scene for the first play in this historical trilogy telling of the death of heroes, loss of Empire and the origins of the Wars of the Roses.
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2017; 1983
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Mudras: Hand Gestures of Sanskrit Drama

Three Indian actor-dancers demonstrate the stylized gestures of classical Sanskrit drama using examples from the play Vision of Vasavadatta.
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2017; 1980
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Sense and Sensibility: Episode 1

Mrs. Dashwood is devastated when her beloved husband dies. The late Mr. Dashwood’s estate and fortune are bequeathed by law to his son from a previous marriage, John Dashwood, to the delight of John’s rapacious wife, Fanny. Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are forced to move to a tiny cottage on a cousin’s estate in Devonshire, to start their lives again. It is perhaps Elinor, the eldest daughter, who is most upset to leave her childhood home. She has fallen in love with Fanny’s brother, the kind and unassuming Edward Ferrars. However, Mrs. Dashwood’s cousin, Sir John Middleton, ensures that the family settles into life in Devonshire. Before long, Elinor’s younger sister, Marianne, finds that she has an admirer in Sir John’s friend, Colonel Brandon. However, a rival soon emerges in th [...]
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2017; 2008
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A Doll's House

David Thacker directs this film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play that struck an early blow for feminism. Nora Helmer (Juliet Stevenson) secretly borrowed money from Nils Krogstad (David Calder) so that her husband Torvald (Trevor Eve) could recover from a serious illness without financial worry; she has been repaying the loan with money from her household allowance. Torvald becomes bank director and wants to fire Krogstad. Krogstad discovers that Nora forged a signature and threatens to reveal the truth unless she convinces Torvald not to fire him.
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2017; 1992
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The Woman in White: Episode 4

The lives of two half-sisters and their drawing master get caught up in a deadly conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed all in white. In the fourth episode of the five part series, Laura Fairlie is presumed dead but is actually in an asylum and Walter Hartright learns the circumstance of Sir Percival Glyde's birth.
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2017; 1982
30.

Chaucer: Road to Canterbury

This video covers the life of English author, poet, philosopher, courtier, and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer to middle age. Chaucer's 14th-century saw him survive the Black Death as a child, the plague that wiped out a third of the population of Europe, and become actively involved, both as a soldier and later as a secret agent, in the 100 Years' War—a war that was to leave England devastated. Despite these man-made and natural catastrophes, English literature went through a short Renaissance, and the program hints as to why this might have happened while considering the leading role that Chaucer was to play in it. Terry Jones (Monty Python) stars.
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2017; 2009
31.

Gabrielle Roy

This documentary is about one of Canada's most important woman of letters. A visual and intellectual delight, this film is a tribute to the highly acclaimed literary works and fascinating life of Gabrielle Roy. Gabrielle Roy was a fiercely independent woman who defied her destiny and broke gender boundaries in post-war Canada. She was a modern writer and reporter ahead of her time. Award-winning director Léa Pool captures the fragility and greatness of Gabrielle Roy's life by travelling to the places that served as a backdrop for her singular journey.
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2018; 1998
32.

Jane Austen's Life

This program looks at Austen and explores her personality by examining her correspondence and visiting the places she lived, in the process making a journey through the same glorious English countryside which Austen experienced for herself some 200 years ago.
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2017; 2005
33.

Terence and Molière

This video uses scenes from Terence's Phormio, juxtaposed with scenes from Molière's Scapin, to show Terence's influence on later playwrights and to show how each play reflects the society in which it was written. The use of authentic oversized masks demonstrates the exaggerated gestures and vocal techniques that were part of this ancient form of theater.
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2017; 1987
34.

The Falklands Play

Ian Curteis's play on the inside story of how the Thatcher government went to war to regain the Falklands. Originally commissioned in 1987, it was not staged until 15 years later as it was felt too politically sensitive at the time.
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2017; 2002
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The Later Years+B13

This video looks at Henrik Ibsen's plays The Masterbuilder and The Lady From the Sea, discussing how they provide glimpses of Ibsen's life and world, as well his his stage techniques.
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2017; 1984
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Middlemarch: Episode 7

Middlemarch is a television mini-series adaptation of George Eliot's novel. In this episode, Dr. Tertius Lydgate's debt deepens and John Raffles reappears. Starring Juliet Aubrey, Rufus Sewell, Douglas Hodge, and Patrick Malahide.
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2017; 1994
37.

Youth and Exile

This video looks at Henrik Ibsen's play Ghosts and the stage techniques Ibsen used. It also discusses Ibsen's early life.
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2017; 1984
38.

Bleak House: Episode 6

This film adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel about the Victorian London legal system presents the beautiful Lady Dedlock who nurses a dark secret in her past, and the merciless lawyer Tulkinghorn who seeks to uncover it. Then there is the generous John Jarndyce, struggling with his past, and his two attractive young wards Richard and Ada. All of them are caught up in the infamous case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce, which will make one of them rich beyond imagination—if it can ever be brought to a conclusion. In the sixth episode, Vholes pays a visit to Bleak House to appeal to Jarndyce's generosity in the hope that he will pay Richard's debts; Allan Woodcourt returns to town; and somebody shoots Tulkinghorn.
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2017; 2005
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Bleak House: Episode 2

This film adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel about the Victorian London legal system presents the beautiful Lady Dedlock who nurses a dark secret in her past, and the merciless lawyer Tulkinghorn who seeks to uncover it. Then there is the generous John Jarndyce, struggling with his past, and his two attractive young wards Richard and Ada. All of them are caught up in the infamous case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce, which will make one of them rich beyond imagination—if it can ever be brought to a conclusion. In the second episode, Ada confides in Esther that she and Richard are in love; Richard considers becoming a doctor; and Alan Woodcourt takes a post a ship's surgeon.
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2017; 2005
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Alison Balsom

The British Library collection over one hundred and fifty million items—everything from medieval chronicles to live jazz recordings, the Bronte’s manuscripts to Beethoven’s tuning fork. Now six of its greatest Treasures will be explored by the acclaimed trumpet soloist Alison Balsom. Alison has chosen six aspects of her life and work to explore—everything from the music that drives her life and career to the complete escape of a favorite sport or beloved author. Now, working and guided by the British Library’s expert curators, she will discover wondrous items that tap into each theme and passion. The Treasures Alison encounters are surprising and engaging—charts made for Tudor royalty, to help them protect the country from invasion, the actual ink of Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Hard [...]
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2018; 2016