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Middlemarch: Episode 4

Middlemarch is a television mini-series of George Eliot's novel. In this episode, Edward Casaubon dies, Arthur Brooke realizes his tenants do not adore him, and the Lydgates fall deeper into debt. Starring Juliet Aubrey, Rufus Sewell, Douglas Hodge, and Patrick Malahide.
2017; 1994

Shakespeare and Webster: Jacobean England

This video presents a brief history of Shakespeare's and Webster's time period, presenting pictures of costumes, buildings, and scenes from Webster's plays.
2017; 1900

Shakespeare in Perspective: Life and Death of King John

Sir Peter Parker visits the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall to present his personal view of the play which he describes as a "blood-curdling thriller about crooked kings and their baronial mafia."
2017; 1984

Shakespeare in Perspective: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Dr. Roy Strong gives his personal view of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He visits Hatfield House to introduce the play, which he believes was written to celebrate an aristocratic marriage and to flatter the Virgin Queen.
2017; 1981

Acting in Television Series

One of the joys and challenges of being an actor is the unpredictable nature of what new character may enter your life for some period of time. But what about the actor who plays the same character on a television series year after year? What are his or her challenges? Is there a point where it’s hard for them or their audience, to know where the actor’s personality ends and the character’s begins? How does the actor deliver a believable and engaging performance under the daily stress of television production?
2017; 2004

Shakespeare in Perspective: King Lear

In his personal view, Professor Frank Kermode suggests that "one purpose of tragedy may be to make us look steadily at things we prefer not to think about, death, of course, and the way the world works."
2017; 1982

Middlemarch: Episode 1

Middlemarch is a television mini-series adaptation of George Eliot's novel. In this episode, Dr. Tertius Lydgate is put in charge of the fever hospital in Middlemarch and Dorothea Brooke agrees to marry ageing scholar Edward Casaubon. Starring Juliet Aubrey, Rufus Sewell, Douglas Hodge, and Patrick Malahide.
2017; 1994

Vanity Fair: Episode 5

This BBC television production is a serial adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's satire of English society during the Napoleonic wars. In the fifth episode, Becky's friendship with Lord Steyne causes serious problems and Amelia finds herself faced with an impossible choice.
2017; 1998

J. D. Salinger: An Appreciation (1/28/10)

The enigmatic American author, best known for TheCatcher in the Rye, died at age ninety one. Jim Lehrer talks with experts about Salinger’s influence on American literature.
2017; 2010

Vanity Fair: Episode 4

This BBC television production is a serial adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's satire of English society during the Napoleonic wars. In the fourth episode, the Battle of Waterloo is about to begin. Brussels is in chaos and life is about to change for everyone.
2017; 1998

Shakespeare in Perspective: Love's Labours Lost

Novelist Emma Tennant gives her personal view of Love's Labour's Lost, which centers on four studious young men and their attempts to thwart the power of love by forsaking the company of women.
2017; 1985

Copenhagen, by Michael Frayn

An adaptation of the popular Michael Frayn stage-play based around a strange trip the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made to Copenhagen in 1941 to see his Danish counterpart Niels Bohr. Old friends and close colleagues, they had revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s with their work together. But now the world had changed and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. The meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment and ended in disaster. In Frayn's play, Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife Margrethe once again to look for the answers and to work out how we can ever know why we do what we do.
2017; 2002

Aspects of Peking Opera

This video examines martial arts of the traditional Peking Opera, looking specifially at how the performer creates scenes by body movements, rather than with props.Hu Hung-yen, Chinese dancer, begins with a demonstration of Peking opera make-up and then performs various dance patterns and presents a scene from The Butterfly Dream and the Scarf Dance.
2017; 1980

The Rivals

Sheridan’s first play draws on material from his own life—his scandalous marriage to a popular singer and the characters he knew in the town of Bath. His great satire turns the familiar world of arranged marriages, courtship, and rivalry on its head. One of the sharpest and funniest social comedies of the late eighteenth century is presented in the theatre built just nine years before the play was written in 1775.
2017; 2004

The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Episode 2

With Edwin Drood feared dead, Jasper tries desperately to remember events of the night before. He pursues Rosa with an intensity that pushes him to the edge of sanity, while a trail of evidence points ominously to the cathedral crypt.
2017; 2012

Life: Charles Dickens' London

This video follows Dickens through a wide range of city locations, visiting the sites of the debtor's prison where his father was held, and to the blacking factory where Charles, a newly impoverished child, worked with the poorest of the poor. It takes in the House of Parliament where he served his time as reporter and honed his skills as a writer, and his home near King's Cross Station. It also includes a visit to Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey, where he lies buried—an honor reserved for the very greatest achievers in English literature.
2017; 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One of the most important Russian writers of the 20th century, Solzhenitsyn gained worldwide renown for his novels on Soviet labor camps. In 1970, he was offered the Nobel Prize for Literature. His major novels include Cancer Ward, First Circle, and Gulag Archipelago, which finally led to his deportation from the Soviet Union in 1974. The film includes a rare interview with the writer.
2018; 1999


Performed for the first time at the Globe Theatre, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most exciting, atmospheric, and heartbreaking plays. This is a tale of uncontrollable jealousy, deception, and murder driven by one of theatre’s greatest villains.
2017; 2007

Meera Syal

The British Library—a unique cultural treasure trove that holds everything from great novelist’s first drafts to a world-class collection of sound recordings, the world’s oldest Bibles to Kenneth William’s diaries. Now actor, writer and novelist Meera Syal is exploring this staggering collection, searching for six truly inspiring and moving Treasures. Guided by key personal themes she wants to explore, Meera discovers everything from Jane Austen’s personal letters to Sir John Gielgud’s scrapbooks. Working with the expert British Library curators she uncovers a tragic story amongst the official records of the British India Office and discovers the history of her favorite sport. As she finds each treasured item, Meera learns more about the dedication and skills that keeps the British L [...]
2018; 2016

Shakespeare in Perspective: As You Like It

Brigid Brophy offers a personal view of the comedy As You Like It, which was originally an Elizabethan "best seller."
2017; 1978