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A Child's Christmas [electronic resource]

In this animated version of Dylan Thomas' classic children's book A Child's Christmas in Wales, a young boy asks an elderly man what Christmas was like when he was a boy. The old man's answer draws us in to a fantastical, colorful, and unexpected world, where mermaids swam in Swansea Bay, wolves roamed the hills and valleys, and hippos trudged through the snowy town. This classic tale of the romantic nature of times gone by will enchant children and families.

Lost Love

On this episode of Madame Bovary, Rodolphe Boulanger and Emma Bovary decide to run away together. After he ends the relationship the night before, Emma falls deathly ill. While Charles Bovary is attempting to cheer up his wife with a trip to the opera, the couple discovers Leon Dupuis has relocated to Rouen. Tom Conti and Francesca Annis star in this adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's debut novel.
2017; 1975

Robert Winston

In this film the leading scientist, medical doctor and broadcaster Professor Robert Winston explores six incredible Treasures of the British Library. He is helped and guided by the Library’s expert curators, discovering amazing facts and quirky details about each book, manuscript or object. Above all he and we enjoy the privilege of spending time with a truly unique and historic document or object. Each item taps into a different aspect of Robert’s life, career and interests. They cover subjects as diverse as skiing and theater directing, ranging from a much-loved colleague’s pioneering lab notes to a rough notebook handwritten by Beethoven. Through the six Treasures Robert gains a glimpse of the sheer scale and breadth of the British Library collection, before ending the film with h [...]
2018; 2016

The Mysterious Stranger

A dramatization of Mark Twain's novel about a young Missouri print shop apprentice who daydreams himself back to an Austrian castle in the Middle Ages, where a mysterious stranger, No. 44, brings magic, mischief, and adventure into his life.
2017; 2002

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."
2017; 1985

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?
2017; 2004

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.
2017; 1980

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 [...]
2017; 2008

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.
2017; 1992

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.
2017; 1982

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.
2017; 2009

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.
2018; 1998

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.
2017; 2005

Shakespeare in Perspective: Othello

Novelist Susan Hill offers her personal view of a play which illustrates one of Shakespeare's most obsessive themes: the conflict between appearance and reality. Susan presents her personal view of the play from the interior of Saltwood Castle, Kent, as she describes the dark castle as suitable for the dark atmosphere of the play.
2017; 1981

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.
2017; 1987

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.
2017; 2002

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.
2017; 1984

The Tale of Robin Hood

The Tale of Robin Hood visits the areas where the outlaw is reputed to have roamed and examines the claims of the various candidates to be the real Robin Hood. With a wealth of location footage, it takes a fascinating look at law enforcement in the Middle Ages, including a visit to the prison cell where Robin Hood was reputedly imprisoned.
2017; 2010

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.
2017; 1984

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.
2017; 2005