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