I want now to explore the BBC Shakespeare adaptations that were taped and broadcast between 1978 and 1985 on BBC-TV, and in the USA between 1979 and 1985 in the PBS Great Performances slot. Uniquely, the series comprises the 36 ‘canonical’ Shakespeare’s plays plus Pericles, all initially available on VHS for educational use, then available commercially from 2006 on DVD. Therefore, at least one small-screen version of each Shakespeare play with its full or sparingly cut text is accessible to any viewer able to pay for it. The adaptations were produced by three different producers over a six-and-a-half year period, with sixteen different directors bringing a range of often quite different perspectives, interests and skills to bear on these productions. Such diversity of interpretative style and dramatic approach draws on a significant range of methods for shooting Shakespeare on TV.
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