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