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: En
  • Runtime: 150
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Ben Kingsley
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John Welsh
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Paul Jesson
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Robert Hardy
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Roger Daltrey
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John Cleese
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Alan Rickman
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David Warner
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John Gielgud
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Patrick Stewart
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James Bolam
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Tony Haygarth
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Clive Francis
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Charles Gray
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Timothy West
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Eileen Atkins
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John Fortune
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Clive Dunn
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Tim Pigott-Smith
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Jonathan Cecil
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Joan Hickson
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Michael Kitchen
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Alan Howard
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Patsy Kensit
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Ron Cook
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John Thaw
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Jon Finch
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Gemma Jones
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John Castle
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Edward Hardwicke
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Bernard Hill
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Kate Nelligan
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David Burke
David Burke
Joss Ackland
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Andrew Sachs
Andrew Sachs
Nicky Henson
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John Barron
John Barron
Peter Vaughan
Peter Vaughan
Colin Blakely
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Tony Steedman
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Michael Pennington
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Elizabeth Spriggs
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Julian Glover
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Jack May
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David Robb
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Mary Morris
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Nigel Terry
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Charles Kay
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Jeremy Kemp
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Sarah Badel
Sarah Badel
Enn Reitel
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Julia Foster
Julia Foster
Paul Brooke
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Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
Phil Daniels
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Jack McKenzie
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Brian Glover
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Robert Brown
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Claire Bloom
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Anna Quayle
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Juliet Stevenson
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John Woodvine
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John Savident
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Laurence Naismith
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Robert Lindsay
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David Kelly
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Alec McCowen
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Charles Keating
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David Daker
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Rosemary Leach
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David Rintoul
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Frank Williams
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Cherie Lunghi
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John Benfield
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Jonathan Hyde
Jonathan Hyde
Kenneth Haigh
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Edward Hibbert
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Amanda Redman
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Jenny Agutter
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Patricia Hayes
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Nigel Davenport
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Robert Stephens
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Barbara Rhoades
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Ian Puleston-Davies
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Zoë Wanamaker
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Susan Penhaligon
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Derek Farr
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Thorley Walters
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Annette Crosbie
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Maurice Roeves
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Frank Thornton
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Bryan Marshall
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Eric Porter
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Harry Waters, Jr.
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Barbara Kellerman
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Clive Swift
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James Cossins
James Cossins
Ian Charleson
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Anthony Quayle
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Margaret Tyzack
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Michele Dotrice
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Tessa Peake-Jones
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John Grillo
John Grillo
Robert Eddison
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Angus Lennie
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Neil McCarthy
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Douglas Wilmer
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Keith Michell
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Robin Sachs
Robin Sachs
Warren Mitchell
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Oliver Cotton
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Esmond Knight
Esmond Knight
Geoffrey Beevers
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Sylvia Coleridge
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Brenda Bruce
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Richard Pasco
Richard Pasco
Robert Morris
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Ingrid Pitt
Ingrid Pitt
Marius Goring
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Lalla Ward
Lalla Ward
Jacqueline Pearce
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Adrienne Corri
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Nigel Lambert
Nigel Lambert
Paul Daneman
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Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson
Noel Johnson
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Jonathan Scott-Taylor
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Leonard Rossiter
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Patrick Ryecart
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Jenny Laird
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Christopher Guard
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Dominic Jephcott
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 Anthony Hopkins
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Geoffrey Burridge
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John Moulder-Brown
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Danny Webb
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James Hazeldine
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Michael Gough
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Lee Montague
Lee Montague
Tony Doyle
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Brian Deacon
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Bryan Pringle
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Valentine Dyall
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Marc Zuber
Marc Zuber
John Stride
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Tenniel Evans
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