Compared with the extent to which Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted to the cinema or television screen, the work of his contemporaries has been ignored in a similar fashion to the neglect it suffered for years on stage. Within this sparsely populated area, therefore, ’Tis Pity’s three adaptations for the screen (in 1971, 1978 and 1980) make it one of the most filmed of early modern non-Shakespearean dramas. In addition, it also figured in Badger’s Drift, the pilot episode of what became the long-running British television series Midsomer Murders. Throughout the episode, Cully, the aspiring actress daughter of the leading character, Detective Inspector Barnaby (played by the onetime Shakespearean actor John Nettles), is rehearsing for the part of Annabella, and a knowledge of the play’s plot and characters (the first murder victim dies with the name ‘Annabella’ on her lips) helps tie up a loose end at the conclusion (see Wilkinson 2010: 55 for a full analysis).
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