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