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
  • Country: GB
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 150
Gemma Jones
Gemma Jones
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewa...
Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryc...
John Cleese
John Cleese
Simon Chandler
Simon Chandle...
Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy
Nickolas Grace
Nickolas Grac...
Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
Nigel Davenport
Nigel Davenpo...
Kate Nelligan
Kate Nelligan
Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayl...
John Castle
John Castle
Kevin Stoney
Kevin Stoney
James Cossins
James Cossins
Eileen Atkins
Eileen Atkins
Jonathan Hyde
Jonathan Hyde
Richard Johnson
Richard Johns...
Julian Glover
Julian Glover
Ron Cook
Ron Cook
Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey
Edward Hardwicke
Edward Hardwi...
Warren Clarke
Warren Clarke
Geoffrey Beevers
Geoffrey Beev...
Margaret Tyzack
Margaret Tyza...
Judy Davis
Judy Davis
Jeremy Kemp
Jeremy Kemp
Mary Morris
Mary Morris
Ingrid Pitt
Ingrid Pitt
Amanda Redman
Amanda Redman
Zoë Wanamaker
Zoë Wanamaker
Lee Montague
Lee Montague
Damien Thomas
Damien Thomas
Alan Howard
Alan Howard
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopki...
Bernard Hill
Bernard Hill
Hugh Quarshie
Hugh Quarshie
Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andre...
Geoffrey Palmer
Geoffrey Palm...
Phil Daniels
Phil Daniels
Joss Ackland
Joss Ackland
Maurice Roeves
Maurice Roeve...
Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
Richard Griffiths
Richard Griff...
Anton Lesser
Anton Lesser
Robert Stephens
Robert Stephe...
David Warner
David Warner
Rosemary Leach
Rosemary Leac...
Jonathan Adams
Jonathan Adam...
Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
Patsy Kensit
Patsy Kensit
Kenneth Cranham
Kenneth Cranh...
Michael Kitchen
Michael Kitch...
John Nettles
John Nettles
Michael Byrne
Michael Byrne
Patrick Ryecart
Patrick Ryeca...
David Kelly
David Kelly
Penelope Wilton
Penelope Wilt...
John Thaw
John Thaw
John Rhys-Davies
John Rhys-Dav...
Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethy...
Charles Keating
Charles Keati...
Tony Doyle
Tony Doyle
Vernon Dobtcheff
Vernon Dobtch...
Phyllida Law
Phyllida Law
Jenny Agutter
Jenny Agutter
Tony Steedman
Tony Steedman
John Gielgud
John Gielgud
John Woodvine
John Woodvine
Timothy West
Timothy West
Susan Penhaligon
Susan Penhali...
Michael Gough
Michael Gough
Peter Vaughan
Peter Vaughan
Jenny Laird
Jenny Laird
Clive Dunn
Clive Dunn
Barbara Kellerman
Barbara Kelle...
Michael Hordern
Michael Horde...
Trevor Peacock
Trevor Peacoc...
Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Sm...
Peter Jeffrey
Peter Jeffrey
Ian Puleston-Davies
Ian Puleston-...
James Bolam
James Bolam
Timothy Bateson
Timothy Bates...
Juliet Stevenson
Juliet Steven...
Pippa Guard
Pippa Guard
Paul Daneman
Paul Daneman
Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
David Robb
David Robb
Patrick Allen
Patrick Allen
Angharad Rees
Angharad Rees
Richard O'Callaghan
Richard O'Cal...
Virginia McKenna
Virginia McKe...
Kenneth Colley
Kenneth Colle...
Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Adrienne Corri
Adrienne Corr...
Ralph Brown
Ralph Brown
Marius Goring
Marius Goring
Joan Hickson
Joan Hickson
Sinéad Cusack
Sinéad Cusack
Robert Lindsay
Robert Lindsa...
Patricia Hayes
Patricia Haye...
Laurence Naismith
Laurence Nais...
Jane Lapotaire
Jane Lapotair...
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
Jacqueline Pearce
Jacqueline Pe...
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
Kenneth Haigh
Kenneth Haigh
Colin Blakely
Colin Blakely
Eric Porter
Eric Porter
James Hazeldine
James Hazeldi...
Jack May
Jack May
Cherie Lunghi
Cherie Lunghi
Annette Crosbie
Annette Crosb...
Dominic Jephcott
Dominic Jephc...
Alun Armstrong
Alun Armstron...
Graham Crowden
Graham Crowde...
Maureen Lipman
Maureen Lipma...
Nigel Terry
Nigel Terry
Jeremy Bulloch
Jeremy Bulloc...
Derek Farr
Derek Farr
Nicky Henson
Nicky Henson
Lalla Ward
Lalla Ward
Nigel Hawthorne
Nigel Hawthor...
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
Thorley Walters
Thorley Walte...
Tony Haygarth
Tony Haygarth
Brenda Bruce
Brenda Bruce
Barbara Rhoades
Barbara Rhoad...
Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson
Donald Sumpter
Donald Sumpte...
Peter Benson
Peter Benson
Michele Dotrice
Michele Dotri...
Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitche...
Charles Gray
Charles Gray
Ronald Pickup
Ronald Pickup
Prunella Scales
Prunella Scal...
Jonathan Scott-Taylor
Jonathan Scot...
Paul Brooke
Paul Brooke
John Benfield
John Benfield
Harry Waters, Jr.
Harry Waters,...
Frank Middlemass
Frank Middlem...
Tessa Peake-Jones
Tessa Peake-J...
David Prowse
David Prowse
Anna Calder-Marshall
Anna Calder-M...
Gavin Richards
Gavin Richard...
Frank Thornton
Frank Thornto...
Douglas Wilmer
Douglas Wilme...
Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
Enn Reitel
Enn Reitel
Valentine Dyall
Valentine Dya...
Frank Williams
Frank William...
Michael Bryant
Michael Bryan...
Sylvia Coleridge
Sylvia Coleri...
Michael Pennington
Michael Penni...
Christopher Ellison
Christopher E...
Ian Charleson
Ian Charleson
Rebecca Saire
Rebecca Saire
Julia Foster
Julia Foster
David Rintoul
David Rintoul
Robert Morris
Robert Morris
Edward Hibbert
Edward Hibber...
Christopher Guard
Christopher G...
Jimmy Gardner
Jimmy Gardner
David Gwillim
David Gwillim
Robert Eddison
Robert Eddiso...
Keith Michell
Keith Michell
John Woodnutt
John Woodnutt
Clive Francis
Clive Francis
Christopher Blake
Christopher B...
Geoffrey Burridge
Geoffrey Burr...
Tenniel Evans
Tenniel Evans
Edward Petherbridge
Edward Pether...
Brian Deacon
Brian Deacon
Robin Sachs
Robin Sachs
Benjamin Whitrow
Benjamin Whit...
Mark Dignam
Mark Dignam
Robert Gwilym
Robert Gwilym
Eamon Boland
Eamon Boland
Leon Lissek
Leon Lissek
Paul Jesson
Paul Jesson
Cyril Luckham
Cyril Luckham
Charles Kay
Charles Kay
Richard Easton
Richard Easto...
David Buck
David Buck
Andrew MacLachlan
Andrew MacLac...
John Welsh
John Welsh
John Fortune
John Fortune
Jacqueline Hill
Jacqueline Hi...
Patsy Smart
Patsy Smart
Felicity Kendal
Felicity Kend...
John Clegg
John Clegg
Charles Lloyd Pack
Charles Lloyd...
Frances Cuka
Frances Cuka
Alan David
Alan David
Solanio
John Franklyn-Robbins
John Franklyn...
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