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Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

60 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 2,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Danish prince avenges the murder of his father, the King, by killing his uncle Claudius, who murdered the King, usurped the throne, and married Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. Hamlet, considered the most complex of all Shakespeare's characters, examines the fundamental issues of justice, guilt, and death
Planet Earth : the complete series by David Attenborough( Visual )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2,113 WorldCat member 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
The Lion, the witch & the wardrobe by C. S Lewis( Visual )

36 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,023 WorldCat member 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 discoverthat 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
A performance of Macbeth by William Shakespeare( Visual )

53 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of William Shakespeare's play in which three witches tell the warrior Macbeth that he is fated to become king of Scotland. He and his wife murder the king and assume the throne
The Mission by Roland Joffé( Visual )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 1,679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An epic about a man of the sword and a man of the cloth who unite to shield the Guarani South American Indian tribe from brutal subjugation by 18th-century colonial empires
Great expectations by Charles Dickens( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing is quite as it seems in this lush retelling of Dickens' classic coming-of-age story with colorful characters: conspirators, rogues, rakes, and wretches
I, Claudius by Robert Graves( Visual )

30 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,589 WorldCat member 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
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare( Visual )

38 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and held by 1,526 WorldCat member 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
Middlemarch by George Eliot( Visual )

17 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 1,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on George Eliot's novel, Middlemarch is set in early nineteenth century England and charts the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the town as it divides its population into two opposing factions: the conservatives and the liberals
Oedipus the King by Sophocles( Visual )

56 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The play tells the beginning of the Oedipus saga, setting the stage and creating the characters who will continue the story to its conclusion in Antigone. Oedipus the King recounts the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, a man, who out of stubborn pride, must know the truth at all costs
Ballet shoes by Sandra Goldbacher( Visual )

4 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in English and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adopted as babies by the extraordinary Great Uncle Matthew, Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil lead a sheltered life with their guardian, Sylvia, who struggling to make ends meet, is forced to take in lodgers. When the girls are accepted to Ballet school, life becomes a whirl of classes and rehearsals until yet another financial crisis threatens their future
Auschwitz : inside the Nazi state( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key ... moments, and their ... testimony"--Container label
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency( Visual )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows Precious Ramotste, a recently bereaved woman, as she sets up the only woman-run Private Detective Agency in Botswana and her attempts to get it off the ground. She gets help from Grace Makutsi, her new secretary, and Mr. JLB Matekoni, the owner and super mechanic of the wonderful Speedy Motors. Mma Ramotste takes on cases, meets many new people who need her help - from a woman who thinks the man who has turned up at her door is not her father, to another lady who has a boyfriend who may or may not be faithful to her
The Silver chair by C. S Lewis( Visual )

29 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When old King Caspian's only son and heir Prince Rilian disappears, Aslan calls on Eustace and Jill to search for the lost Prince. On their quest the children meet up with Puddleglum, a marshwiggle, and their search leads them underground, where they must face the Green Witch - the Queen of the Deep Realm
How art made the world by Mark Hedgecoe( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals how the first big artistic discoveries were made and how they have cascaded down the centuries to define the look of the present day. Encompassing everything from cave paints to ceramics and pyramids to palaces, this film explores the global trend for unrealistic depictions of the human body; the secret powers of the feature film; how politicians manage to manipulate people so easily; visions of the afterlife; and why we use imagery at all
No direction home : Bob Dylan by Martin Scorsese( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez, Allan Ginzberg, Maria Muldaur, Pete Seeger, Liam Clancy, Mavis Staples and others share their thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Deronda, a sensitive young Englishman of indistinct parentage, is forced to choose between the love of two very different women
Sense & sensibility( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sense and sensibility: Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby, ignoring her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?
Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy by John Le Carré( Visual )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No doubt remains; a mole has infiltrated the highest level of the Circus, code name for British Secret Intelligence Service. Sidelined agent George Smiley is covertly tapped to root out the mole, a task that requires a painstaking dig through the labyrinths of Cold War-era espionage and his own past."--Container
King Lear by William Shakespeare( Visual )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lear, King of Britain, has three daughters: Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Intending to divide his kingdom among his daughters according to their affection for him, he asks them to say which loves him most. Goneril and Regan profess their extreme affection, and each receives one-third of the kingdom. Cordelia, disgusted with their hollow flattery, says she loves him according to her duty, no more or less. Infuriated with this reply, Lear divides her portion between Goneril and Regan. Eventually, the two daughters reveal their true heartlessness and a tragic chain of events are set into motion"--Container
 
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B.B.C.-T.V.

B.B.C. Television

BBC television

BBC Television company

BBC Television London

BBC Television Service

BBC-TV

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BBCTV

BBCTV (British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service)

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Planet Earth : the complete seriesThe Lion, the witch & the wardrobeThe MissionGreat expectationsI, ClaudiusOedipus the KingBallet shoesThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency