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BBC Develops Interactive TV Apps for Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1809  Tuesday, 1 November 2005

From: 		Patty Winter <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 25 Oct 2005 09:24:09 -0700
Subject: 16.1791 BBC Develops Interactive TV Apps for 
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1791 BBC Develops Interactive TV Apps for 
Shakespeare Productions

 >http://blog.itvt.com/my_weblog/2005/10/bbc_develops_in.html

 >The BBC is planning to offer a red-button interactive TV application,
 >dubbed "Shakespeare's Stories," to accompany four "modern-dress"
 >productions of Shakespeare plays that will air on BBC One later this
 >fall.

The first one, "Much Ado About Nothing," will air on BBC 1 sometime in 
the week of Nov. 5-11 (no exact airtime announced yet).

 >According to the Corporation, viewers who press the red button
 >after each production will receive an introduction to the app's
 >interactive experience from actor, David Oyelowo.

For those who are wondering why that name sounds familiar, he played 
Danny in the first three years of "Spooks" (known as "MI-5" here in the 
Colonies). He'll be in Kenneth Branagh's upcoming version of "As You 
Like It."

There's more info about the ShakespeaRe-Told series at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/10_october/20/shake.shtml

The casts of the four plays include Billie Piper ("Doctor Who"), Damien 
Lewis ("The Forsyte Saga," "Band of Brothers"), Keeley Hawes (also of 
"Spooks"), Stephen Tompkinson ("Ballykissangel"), Imelda Staunton ("Vera 
Drake," "Shakespeare in Love"), and Sharon Small ("The Inspector Lynley 
Mysteries").

I hope they make it across the pond. I enjoyed the modern-dress versions 
of "The Canterbury Tales" that were perhaps the precursors to this series.

Patty

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