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Most widely held works by British Broadcasting Corporation
King Lear ( Visual )
23 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 1,900 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's plays in which tragedy occurs when an old king divides his kingdom between his daughters.
Planet Earth the complete series ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,852 libraries worldwide
"Captures rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, [the program] takes you to places you've never been to experience sights and sounds never before captured on film. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of 'Planet Earth'"--Container.
Othello ( Visual )
36 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 1,658 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's play about the tragic consequences of jealousy. Othello appoints Cassio as his chief lieutenant, arousing the jealousy of Iago, who conspires to undo them both. Iago tells Othello that his wife, the beautiful Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. Othello strangles Desdemona before learning of Iago's evil, and then kills himself in remorse.
The tempest ( Visual )
23 editions published between 1979 and 2008 in English and held by 1,554 libraries worldwide
Television adaption of Shakespeare's play revolving around an enchanted island, an exiled Duke, young lovers, and a framework of conspiracy.
A midsummer night's dream ( Visual )
24 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in English and held by 1,542 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's play about devilish fairies, bedeviled lovers and tradesmen-actors. Plots intertwine as entangled love affairs, the comical performance of a "play within a play" by the tradesmen of Athens, and the antics in fairyland among King Oberon and his queen Titania produce a bizarre series of entanglements, but all ends happily.
Julius Caesar ( Visual )
35 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in English and held by 1,480 libraries worldwide
Details the transformation of a noble Athenian from a reckless spendthrift to a mad misanthrope.
The Story of English ( Visual )
39 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 1,460 libraries worldwide
Details the history of the English language and provides a unique focus on current English usage worldwide with a special emphasis on American English.
Macbeth ( Visual )
39 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in English and held by 1,457 libraries worldwide
Driven by ambition and an unscrupulous wife, Macbeth murders the King of Scotland and claims the throne for himself. Haunted by ghosts and vexed by witches, he and his wife descend into the depths of madness and paranoia as they crumble beneath the weight of their crimes.
The merchant of Venice ( Visual )
23 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in English and held by 1,422 libraries worldwide
Blending tragedy and comedy, this play presents contrasts and ambiguities, the complexities of which lie in the character Shylock, its captivating villain. Is he a villain, a buffoon, or tragic hero?
The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe ( Visual )
18 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 1,385 libraries worldwide
Two brothers and two sisters cross through an enchanted wardrobe closet into the magical world of Narnia, the land of talking animals and mythical creatures. They discover that Narnia is under the evil power of the White Witch, who brings eternal winter to the land. It is up to the children to join the noble Aslan to bring springtime and happiness back to Narnia.
I, Claudius ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1979 and 2008 in English and held by 1,365 libraries worldwide
A dramatization of Robert Graves' version of the times of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Claudius told through the dying Claudius as he sets down the history of his family.
Romeo & Juliet ( Visual )
45 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,356 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's tragedy about two teenagers who fall in love, encounter opposition from their feuding families, and take their own lives.
The taming of the shrew ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in English and held by 1,327 libraries worldwide
The marriage of two strong-minded people provides the spark for a comic confrontation between the sexes: The "shrew," Katharina, is so ill-tempered she seems unlikely to find a husband. Her father refuses to let her younger sister marry until Katherina is off his hands. Petruchio appears, marries Katharina, and "tames" her so well that he wins a bet with two other men on a test of their wives' obedience. Dr. Miller's production portrays Petruchio as an early Puritan, to reflect his view that the play is about the need to set up a sober household.
The chronicles of Narnia ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,313 libraries worldwide
Disc 1: Two brothers and two sisters find that an old wardrobe magically transports them into the world of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. They discover that Narnia is under the evil power of the White Witch, who has kept the land in eternal winter and has turned all her enemies to stone. Disc 2: Narnia is later ruled by corrupt King Miraz, and his nephew calls upon the children to help defeat his uncle and restore the land to its former glory. Years later, two of the children are sent back to assist the nephew on a voyage. Disc 3: After many years, a return visit to Narnia finds King Caspian old and frail, and the children embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands of giants and witches to find the vanished Prince Rilian and bring him home.
Twelfth night ( Visual )
31 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 1,234 libraries worldwide
Twins Sebastian and Viola are separated after a shipwreck and believe each other dead. Viola disguises herself as a page boy, Cesario, to work for Duke Orsino and falls in love with him, but he loves Olivia, who falls in love with Cesario. Seeing Sebastian one day, she mistakes him for Cesario and marries him. The confusion is cleared up when Viola and Sebastian meet again, and the Duke marries Viola. The subplot concerns the efforts of Sir Toby and Andrew to humble the presumptuous Malvolio.
The comedy of errors ( Visual )
26 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 1,233 libraries worldwide
Presents a dramatization of William Shakespeare's farce about two pairs of twins involved in an elaborate series of mistaken identities.
Much ado about nothing ( Visual )
25 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 1,211 libraries worldwide
Claudio and Hero are engaged, but the jealous Don John tries to thwart the wedding by denouncing Hero as unchaste. Meanwhile, Beatrice and Benedick, who scorn each other, become betrothed as a result of the schemes of their friends.
Measure for measure ( Visual )
37 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in English and held by 1,211 libraries worldwide
Cruel Angelo is left in charge of Vienna when the Duke pretends to leave town. Angelo revives an old law against fornication and sentences Claudio to death for seducing Juliet, Claudio's betrothed. Claudio's sister, Isabella, pleads for his life and Angelo offers to spare him in exchange for her virginity. Angelo's corruption and severity are punished when the Duke reveals that he has witnessed it all.
Stephen Hawking's universe ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 1,143 libraries worldwide
Presents the latest advances in cosmological thought, including the mathematics of astronomy, the Big Bang theory of creation, the nature of matter, the discovery and implications of dark matter, quasars and black holes, and the question of how the Big Bang began.
The winter's tale ( Visual )
25 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in English and held by 1,135 libraries worldwide
King Leontes unjustly accuses his wife Hermione of adultery with King Polixenes. He imprisons Hermione, who falls into a swoon he believes is death, and orders her infant daughter to be abandoned on the shore. Sixteen years later, their daughter falls in love with Polixenes's son and when they come to Leontes' kingdom, her identity is revealed. Leontes and Polixenes become friends again, and Hermione is found to be alive after all.
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