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