The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1815  Thursday, 3 November 2005

From: 		Patty Winter <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 2 Nov 2005 21:42:35 -0800
Subject: 	Shakespeare on TV--November

Kind of slim pickings this month, at least in the U.S. and Canada. I 
found some BBC Shakespeare listings, and there's quite a selection 
there. Next month, U.S. and Canadian viewers can enjoy a three-day 
Shakespeare film festival on Turner Classic Movies. More details in 
early December. (Yes, TCM is now carried in Canada, at least on 
StarChoice and Shaw Cable. Read more at 


Forbidden Planet (The Tempest in outer space); TCM: Nov. 4

Hamlet (Scott); Hallmark: Nov. 28 (Part 1; Part 2 will air on Dec. 4).
This is part of the "Cable in the Classroom" initiative, so each part 
will air without commercials, and can be taped and used in classrooms 
for one year.

More information at:

There's also a related site, "Shakespeare: Subject to Change"
(http://www.ciconline.org/bdp1), that discusses how the printing, 
editing, and directing of Shakespeare's plays has affected them over the 
centuries. It includes an analysis of how the "To be or not to be" 
speech is handled in this Campbell Scott version compared with Richard 
Burton's 1964 film.

Midwinter's Tale, A (A motley troupe takes a go at "Hamlet." Written and 
directed by Kenneth Branagh); HBO Signature: Nov. 7, 17, 25

Slings and Arrows: A delightful series about behind-the-scenes 
happenings at a Shakespeare festival; stars Paul Gross, Martha Burns, 
Mark McKinney, Stephen Ouimette, Don McKellar, etc. Sundance Channel's 
reruns of Season 1 start up again on November 6. Each episode generally 
airs on Sunday evening plus some other times, but check 
www.sundancechannel.com for specific listings.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (gobs of WS quotes, many of them 
spoken by Christopher Plummer, who plays the Klingon General Chang); 
Cinemax: Nov. 26

10 Things I Hate About You (Contemporary teenage "Shrew"); Comedy 
Central: Nov. 13

Theater of Blood (An actor [Vincent Price] gets revenge on critics with 
Shakespearean murder scenes); Showtime: Nov. 12

Titus (Hopkins); HBO 2: Nov. 6/7

William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Di Caprio/Danes); HBO Family: Nov. 
6/7, 26/27; HBO 2: Nov. 12, 28


Forbidden Planet (The Tempest in outer space); TCM: Nov. 4

The Taming of the Shrew (Pickford/Fairbanks); Silver Screen Classics: 
Nov. 7, 8

A Taste of Shakespeare: Macbeth; Bravo: Nov. 9

A Taste of Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice; Bravo: Nov. 10, 16

A Taste of Shakespeare: Hamlet; Bravo: Nov. 23


There's a very handy monthly listing at:


Here are some highlights for November.

Afternoon Reading: Shakespeare Stories (stories that inspired 
Shakespeare's plays):
* The Tragical Historye of Romeus and Juliette, a poem by Arthur
   Brooke. BBC Radio 4: Nov. 14
* Hecatommithi (Othello) by  Giraldi Cinthio. BBC Radio 4: Nov. 15
* Macbeth from Holinshed Chronicles. BBC Radio 4: Nov. 16
* Measure for Measure from 'Promos and Cassandra' by George Whetstone.
   BBC Radio 4: Nov. 18
* The Winter's Tale from Pandosto. BBC Radio 4: Nov. 19

Hamlet (Lester): BBC 4: Nov. 19

In Search of Shakespeare: BBC 2: Nov. 14, 22, 28

Looking for Richard (Al Pacino and friends examine "Richard III" from 
all angles); BBC 4: Nov. 15

Macbeth; BBC Radio 3: Nov. 20

Much Ado About Nothing (Tennant/Spiro); BBC Radio 3: Nov. 13

O (The Othello story plays out in a modern high school); BBC 4: Nov. 8

Pericles; BBC Radio 3: Nov. 27

Richard II: Live from the Globe; BBC 4: Nov. 8

ShakespeaRe-Told: This series of four adaptations of Shakespeare stories 
airs Monday nights in November on BBC 1.
* Much Ado About Nothing (Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis and Billie Piper):
   November 7
* Macbeth (James McAvoy and Keeley Hawes): November 14
* The Taming of the Shrew (Shirley Henderson, Rufus Sewell, and Stephen
   Tompkinson): November 21
* A Midsummer Night's Dream (Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson, and Johnny
   Vegas): November 28

More information at http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespeare/tvdramas.shtml.

(There's also a murder mystery called "7NK" that has something to do 
with "Seven Noble Kinsmen," but I can't tell whether it's an upcoming 
BBC TV show or just a web-based mystery game.)

The Taming of the Shrew (Peck/Campbell); BBC 7: Nov. 26

Twelfth Night (Bonham Carter/R. Grant); BBC Four: Nov. 20

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