The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1809 Tuesday, 1 November 2005
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
>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
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
There's more info about the ShakespeaRe-Told series at:
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
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.
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