BBC Television Shakespeare (1978)

The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and produced by BBC Television. It was transmitted in the UK from 3 December 1978 to 27 April 1985 and spanned seven series. Development of the series began in 1975 when Messina saw that Glamis Castle would make a perfect location for an adaptation of Shakespeare's play As You Like It. On returning to London, he envisioned an entire series devoted exclusively to the dramatic works of Shakespeare. After encountering numerous problems trying to produce the series, Messina eventually pitched the idea to the BBC’s departmental heads and the series was greenlighted. The series as a whole received generally negative reviews from critics.

Release Date: 1978-12-01
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 150
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Jonathan Hyde
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Michael Pennington
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Robert Hardy
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Michael Kitchen
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Geoffrey Palmer
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Brian Glover
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Margaret Tyzack
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Clive Francis
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Elizabeth Spriggs
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Leonard Rossiter
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Damien Thomas
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John Franklyn-Robbins
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Edward Hardwicke
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Peter Jeffrey
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Harry Waters, Jr.
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Andrew Burt
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Tessa Peake-Jones
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Leon Lissek
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Ian Puleston-Davies
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Judy Davis
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Charles Kay
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Andrew Sachs
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Hugh Quarshie
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Yolande Palfrey
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Ian Charleson
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Angharad Rees
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Michael Hordern
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David Rintoul
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Ingrid Pitt
Ingrid Pitt
Phil Daniels
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Kenneth Cranham
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Joan Hickson
Joan Hickson
David Daker
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Anton Lesser
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Robert Morris
Robert Morris
Joss Ackland
Joss Ackland
Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryc...
Nigel Terry
Nigel Terry
Geoffrey Burridge
Geoffrey Burr...
Patrick Ryecart
Patrick Ryeca...
Ronnie Stevens
Ronnie Steven...
Annette Crosbie
Annette Crosb...
Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethy...
Tony Steedman
Tony Steedman
Gemma Jones
Gemma Jones
Kenneth Colley
Kenneth Colle...
John McEnery
John McEnery
Kevin Stoney
Kevin Stoney
Jonathan Adams
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James Hazeldine
James Hazeldi...
Julia Foster
Julia Foster
Charles Lloyd Pack
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Bryan Marshall
Bryan Marshal...
Christopher Ellison
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Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitche...
Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Richard O'Callaghan
Richard O'Cal...
Tim Wylton
Tim Wylton
Nicky Henson
Nicky Henson
Frank Middlemass
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Claire Bloom
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Cyril Luckham
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Robert Brown
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Penelope Wilton
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Derek Farr
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Peter Vaughan
Peter Vaughan
Nickolas Grace
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Zoë Wanamaker
Zoë Wanamaker
Robert Stephens
Robert Stephe...
David Prowse
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Anthony Quayle
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Kenneth Haigh
Kenneth Haigh
Ian Hogg
Ian Hogg
Brenda Bruce
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Frank Thornton
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Joe Gladwin
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Celia Johnson
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John Barron
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Prunella Scales
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Lalla Ward
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Richard Easton
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Geoffrey Beevers
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Thorley Walters
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Esmond Knight
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Edward Petherbridge
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Tony Haygarth
Tony Haygarth
Peter McEnery
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Susan Penhaligon
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Robert Gwilym
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Barbara Rhoades
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John Nettleton
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Sarah Badel
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Dominic Jephcott
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Michael Robbins
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John Savident
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Eamon Boland
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John Nettles
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Lee Montague
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Rosemary Leach
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Ralph Michael
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Anna Calder-Marshall
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Wendy Hiller
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Frances Cuka
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Richard Pasco
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Jenny Laird
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Arthur Hewlett
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Jacqueline Pearce
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Felicity Kendal
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John Welsh
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Christopher Ettridge
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Jacqueline Hill
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John Woodnutt
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Jeffrey Holland
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Diana Dors
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Arnold Diamond
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Mary Morris
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John Moulder-Brown
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John Clegg
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Tenniel Evans
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Angus Lennie
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John Bird
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