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
Ron Cook
Ron Cook
Sinéad Cusack
Sinéad Cusack
Zoë Wanamaker
Zoë Wanamaker
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopki...
Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewa...
Leonard Rossiter
Leonard Rossi...
Margaret Tyzack
Margaret Tyza...
Patrick Allen
Patrick Allen
Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Ralph Brown
Ralph Brown
John Cleese
John Cleese
Michael Kitchen
Michael Kitch...
Lalla Ward
Lalla Ward
Rebecca Saire
Rebecca Saire
Ian Charleson
Ian Charleson
Nigel Hawthorne
Nigel Hawthor...
Peter Vaughan
Peter Vaughan
Nigel Davenport
Nigel Davenpo...
Geoffrey Palmer
Geoffrey Palm...
Maurice Roeves
Maurice Roeve...
Danny Webb
Danny Webb
John Woodvine
John Woodvine
Mike Gwilym
Mike Gwilym
Judy Davis
Judy Davis
Warren Clarke
Warren Clarke
Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy
Bryan Marshall
Bryan Marshal...
Bernard Hill
Bernard Hill
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
John Rhys-Davies
John Rhys-Dav...
Timothy West
Timothy West
Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andre...
Sarah Badel
Sarah Badel
Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
John Gielgud
John Gielgud
David Daker
David Daker
Charles Gray
Charles Gray
Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey
Jon Finch
Jon Finch
Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
Hugh Quarshie
Hugh Quarshie
David Warner
David Warner
John Bailey
John Bailey
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
Donald Sumpter
Donald Sumpte...
Eileen Atkins
Eileen Atkins
Ingrid Pitt
Ingrid Pitt
Michael Gough
Michael Gough
Kenneth Haigh
Kenneth Haigh
Adrienne Corri
Adrienne Corr...
Julian Glover
Julian Glover
Nicol Williamson
Nicol William...
John Thaw
John Thaw
Andrew Sachs
Andrew Sachs
Joss Ackland
Joss Ackland
Michael Byrne
Michael Byrne
Alan Howard
Alan Howard
Esmond Knight
Esmond Knight
John Fortune
John Fortune
Edward Hardwicke
Edward Hardwi...
Keith Michell
Keith Michell
Ronald Pickup
Ronald Pickup
Patricia Hayes
Patricia Haye...
Brenda Bruce
Brenda Bruce
Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryc...
Marius Goring
Marius Goring
Penelope Wilton
Penelope Wilt...
Geoffrey Beevers
Geoffrey Beev...
John Savident
John Savident
Cherie Lunghi
Cherie Lunghi
Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Sm...
John Welsh
John Welsh
Jenny Laird
Jenny Laird
Thorley Walters
Thorley Walte...
Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethy...
Jenny Agutter
Jenny Agutter
Alun Armstrong
Alun Armstron...
Jeremy Kemp
Jeremy Kemp
John McEnery
John McEnery
Laurence Naismith
Laurence Nais...
Kate Nelligan
Kate Nelligan
Tessa Peake-Jones
Tessa Peake-J...
Anton Lesser
Anton Lesser
Amanda Redman
Amanda Redman
Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson
Michael Hordern
Michael Horde...
Robert Brown
Robert Brown
Enn Reitel
Enn Reitel
Douglas Wilmer
Douglas Wilme...
Damien Thomas
Damien Thomas
Edward Hibbert
Edward Hibber...
Robert Stephens
Robert Stephe...
Joan Hickson
Joan Hickson
Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitche...
David Robb
David Robb
Jonathan Hyde
Jonathan Hyde
Michael Elphick
Michael Elphi...
Vernon Dobtcheff
Vernon Dobtch...
Kenneth Cranham
Kenneth Cranh...
Nigel Terry
Nigel Terry
Paul Brooke
Paul Brooke
Harry Waters, Jr.
Harry Waters,...
Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayl...
Robert Lindsay
Robert Lindsa...
David Gwillim
David Gwillim
Richard Pasco
Richard Pasco
Kenneth Colley
Kenneth Colle...
Phil Daniels
Phil Daniels
Richard Griffiths
Richard Griff...
Tony Haygarth
Tony Haygarth
James Cossins
James Cossins
Colin Blakely
Colin Blakely
Timothy Bateson
Timothy Bates...
Barbara Rhoades
Barbara Rhoad...
Paul Daneman
Paul Daneman
Richard Johnson
Richard Johns...
Gemma Jones
Gemma Jones
Robert Eddison
Robert Eddiso...
David Buck
David Buck
Juliet Stevenson
Juliet Steven...
Charles Keating
Charles Keati...
Dominic Jephcott
Dominic Jephc...
Barbara Kellerman
Barbara Kelle...
Virginia McKenna
Virginia McKe...
Michele Dotrice
Michele Dotri...
David Kelly
David Kelly
Elizabeth Spriggs
Elizabeth Spr...
Patsy Kensit
Patsy Kensit
Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
Robin Sachs
Robin Sachs
Annette Crosbie
Annette Crosb...
Graham Crowden
Graham Crowde...
Brian Glover
Brian Glover
Prunella Scales
Prunella Scal...
John Barron
John Barron
Jonathan Cecil
Jonathan Ceci...
Jack McKenzie
Jack McKenzie
Rosemary Leach
Rosemary Leac...
David Prowse
David Prowse
Phyllida Law
Phyllida Law
Julia Foster
Julia Foster
Tony Doyle
Tony Doyle
Eric Porter
Eric Porter
Maureen Lipman
Maureen Lipma...
Frank Thornton
Frank Thornto...
John Castle
John Castle
Clive Dunn
Clive Dunn
Susan Penhaligon
Susan Penhali...
John Moulder-Brown
John Moulder-...
Neil McCarthy
Neil McCarthy
James Bolam
James Bolam
Mark Dignam
Mark Dignam
Christopher Guard
Christopher G...
Diana Dors
Diana Dors
Jack May
Jack May
Robert Morris
Robert Morris
Geoffrey Burridge
Geoffrey Burr...
John Nettles
John Nettles
Sylvia Coleridge
Sylvia Coleri...
Derek Farr
Derek Farr
John Stride
John Stride
Jeremy Bulloch
Jeremy Bulloc...
Lee Montague
Lee Montague
Michael Pennington
Michael Penni...
James Hazeldine
James Hazeldi...
Trevor Peacock
Trevor Peacoc...
Nickolas Grace
Nickolas Grac...
Jacqueline Pearce
Jacqueline Pe...
David Rintoul
David Rintoul
Angus Lennie
Angus Lennie
Bryan Pringle
Bryan Pringle
Lynn Farleigh
Lynn Farleigh
Frank Williams
Frank William...
Charles Kay
Charles Kay
Valentine Dyall
Valentine Dya...
Anna Quayle
Anna Quayle
Oliver Cotton
Oliver Cotton
Anna Calder-Marshall
Anna Calder-M...
Christopher Ellison
Christopher E...
Michael Bryant
Michael Bryan...
Mary Morris
Mary Morris
Tony Steedman
Tony Steedman
Nigel Lambert
Nigel Lambert
Nicky Henson
Nicky Henson
Noel Johnson
Noel Johnson
Frank Middlemass
Frank Middlem...
Clive Francis
Clive Francis
John Grillo
John Grillo
Paul Henry
Paul Henry
Jane Lapotaire
Jane Lapotair...
Tenniel Evans
Tenniel Evans
Jimmy Gardner
Jimmy Gardner
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