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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John Cleese
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Robert Stephens
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Laurence Naismith
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Douglas Wilmer
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James Cossins
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David Rintoul
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Paul Brooke
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Virginia McKenna
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John Fortune
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Anton Lesser
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Michael Gough
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Helen Mirren
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Ron Cook
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John Thaw
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Bernard Hill
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Derek Jacobi
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Lynn Farleigh
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Judy Davis
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John Gielgud
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Tony Haygarth
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Richard Griffiths
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Robert Hardy
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Elizabeth Spriggs
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Marius Goring
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Mary Morris
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Edward Hardwicke
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Nigel Davenport
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Timothy Bateson
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Robert Eddison
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Donald Sumpter
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Ian Charleson
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John Benfield
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John Welsh
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Cherie Lunghi
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Michael Elphick
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Ben Kingsley
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Anna Quayle
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Warren Mitchell
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Keith Michell
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Jeremy Kemp
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Robert Brown
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Jenny Laird
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Mark Dignam
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Timothy West
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Alan Howard
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Danny Webb
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Michael Byrne
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Eileen Atkins
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Phyllida Law
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Jonathan Scott-Taylor
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Phil Daniels
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Charles Gray
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David Robb
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Julian Glover
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Ronald Pickup
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Michael Hordern
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Warren Clarke
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John Castle
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Rosemary Leach
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Alec McCowen
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Robert Lindsay
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Annette Crosbie
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Juliet Stevenson
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Clive Swift
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James Bolam
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Dominic Jephcott
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Kenneth Cranham
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Diana Dors
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Alun Armstrong
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Michael Kitchen
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Charles Keating
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Oliver Cotton
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Nicky Henson
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John Savident
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Claire Bloom
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Thorley Walters
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John Barron
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Jacqueline Pearce
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John McEnery
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Lee Montague
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Anthony Quayle
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Ingrid Pitt
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Valentine Dyall
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Leonard Rossiter
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Adrienne Corri
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Cyril Cusack
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Gemma Jones
Gemma Jones
Richard Pasco
Richard Pasco
Wendy Hiller
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Amanda Redman
Amanda Redman
Colin Blakely
Colin Blakely
Margaret Tyzack
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Paul Daneman
Paul Daneman
Enn Reitel
Enn Reitel
Edward Hibbert
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Barbara Rhoades
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Hugh Quarshie
Hugh Quarshie
Rebecca Saire
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Christopher Ellison
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Clive Dunn
Clive Dunn
John Grillo
John Grillo
Sylvia Coleridge
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Michael Bryant
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Christopher Guard
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Geoffrey Burridge
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Nickolas Grace
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David Gwillim
David Gwillim
Jack McKenzie
Jack McKenzie
Tenniel Evans
Tenniel Evans
Brian Deacon
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Frank Thornton
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Tony Doyle
Tony Doyle
Clive Francis
Clive Francis
John Wells
John Wells
Trevor Peacock
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Kevin Stoney
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Jimmy Gardner
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Gavin Richards
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Peter Jeffrey
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Benjamin Whitrow
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Robert Morris
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Robert Gwilym
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Robin Sachs
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John Bird
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Simon Chandler
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Cyril Luckham
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Susan Penhaligon
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Lalla Ward
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Patricia Hayes
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Paul Jesson
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Jane Lapotaire
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Tessa Peake-Jones
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Geoffrey Beevers
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Anna Calder-Marshall
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Tony Steedman
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David Buck
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Jack May
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Mike Gwilym
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Richard Easton
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Andrew MacLachlan
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Angharad Rees
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Patsy Smart
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Neil McCarthy
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Nigel Lambert
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Charles Kay
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John Stride
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Jacqueline Hill
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Bryan Pringle
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