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Re: Movie-For-Television: "Happy Birthday,
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1756  Friday, 13 July 2001

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 12 Jul 2001 13:04:42 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Movie-For-Television: "Happy Birthday, Shakespeare"

[2]     From:   Kevin De Ornellas <
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        Date:   Thursday, 12 Jul 2001 17:21:34 -0000
        Subj:   Re: Movie-For-Television: "Happy Birthday, Shakespeare"

[3]     From:   David Nicol <
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        Date:   Thursday, 12 Jul 2001 16:28:24
        Subj:   Re: Movie-For-Television: "Happy Birthday, Shakespeare"


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Thursday, 12 Jul 2001 13:04:42 -0400
Subject:        Re: Movie-For-Television: "Happy Birthday, Shakespeare"

Here's the schedule

Happy Birthday Shakespeare

TVM Romantic comedy about a family man whose wedding anniversary
coincides with Shakespeare's birthday. In a bid to escape the humdrum
life of a coach driver, he searches for a way of getting rich quick,
dreaming of buying a tea room and gift shop in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Adapted by Mark Wallington from his novel. Sun, Jul 22, 2001, 8:00 pm;
Mon, Jul 23, 2001, Sat, Jul 28, 2001, 1:00 pm (I assume the times are
EST.)

http://www.bbcamerica.com/DailySchedule.jsp

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From:           Kevin De Ornellas <
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Date:           Thursday, 12 Jul 2001 17:21:34 -0000
Subject:        Re: Movie-For-Television: "Happy Birthday, Shakespeare"

>"Happy Birthday, Shakespeare."  Can anyone [...] advise as to whether or
>not it is worth
>watching?

I saw that; it was shown in the UK as a two-part drama.   It is
inward-looking, tedious and unfunny.  The tenuous Shakespearean element
refers to a property in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is desired by a
dreamy bus driver.  Don't bother with it.

Kevin De Ornellas
Queen's University, Belfast

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From:           David Nicol <
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Date:           Thursday, 12 Jul 2001 16:28:24
Subject:        Re: Movie-For-Television: "Happy Birthday, Shakespeare"

Richard Nathan wrote,

>Here in the United States, BBC America is going to be showing a British
>movie-for-television entitled "Happy Birthday, Shakespeare."  Can anyone
>who saw this in England advise as to whether or not it is worth
>watching?

Do not, repeat not, watch this show. It's long, boring, unfunny, and has
nothing whatsoever to do with Shakespeare. Read a book instead.

David Nicol
Stratford

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