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Merchant of Venice: Characters

Merchant of Venice: Characters

Series: This Is Shakespeare!
Dubious casting? Methinks not… Portia the witty chameleon, her suitor Bassanio who’s indebted to his besty Antonio, the merchant and debtor of Shylock who is…well…played by the director...Show More

Merchant of Venice: Themes

Merchant of Venice: Themes

Series: This Is Shakespeare!
Money, relationships, love, choices, race and isolation… The tangled webs woven in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice pale into insignificance compared with the director’s relationship...Show More

Merchant of Venice: Dramatic Techniques

Merchant of Venice: Dramatic Techniques

Series: This Is Shakespeare!
Thanks to a winning scratch card, Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice will open tomorrow night. The director (aka Shylock) bounces back, Portia’s learnt her lines, Antonio’s new shirt is a hit,...Show More

Frankenstein and the Monster

Frankenstein and the Monster

Series: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
When Victor Frankenstein created his monster he never named it, yet its complex personality and struggle for identity and acceptance provides a profound insight to the human condition. This clip...Show More

Writing Style

Writing Style

Series: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley employs writing styles reflective of early 19th century literature. This clip explores a range of those styles, including using a series of letters to develop a...Show More

The Pursuit of Knowledge

The Pursuit of Knowledge

Series: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein delves into a range of themes, which were particularly popular among 19th century Romantics, and which have been perennial favourites of numerous writers since....Show More

Context and Background

Context and Background

Series: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Influenced and educated by her parents, Frankenstein’s author, Mary Shelley, grew up in a world of radical artists and writers. Her immortal novel explores various themes of early 19th century...Show More

Shakespeare's Footprints

Shakespeare's Footprints

Series: The Life and Times of Shakespeare
The world over, teachers hear the lament ‘why do we have to study Shakespeare?’ from their students. Here are the answers to that ubiquitous question! This densely packed and student-friendly...Show More

Shakespeare's Works and Workplaces

Shakespeare's Works and Workplaces

Series: The Life and Times of Shakespeare
Educators looking to introduce students to features of Shakespeare’s plays and the places where they were presented: this is your stop. This concise presentation offers students of all abilities...Show More

Shakespeare's World

Shakespeare's World

Series: The Life and Times of Shakespeare
Positioning Shakespeare historically and geographically is a must if we are to appreciate his works. This study opens in the wider context of Elizabethan and Jacobean England and narrows to...Show More

Context and Background

Context and Background

Series: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Understanding the context and background of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is critical to appreciating the techniques Shakespeare employed when creating this comedic literary classic. This...Show More

The Characters of Helena, Puck, and Bottom

The Characters of Helena, Puck, and Bottom

Series: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare develops a broad range of memorable and contrasting characters from ancient Athens in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: royalty, nobility, lowly craftsmen – and fairies. This...Show More

Comedic Techniques

Comedic Techniques

Series: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare’s classic, immortal comedy has all the ingredients – love stories, tricks and pranks, disguise and mistaken identity, muddle and misunderstanding. This programme deconstructs ‘A...Show More

Theme of Dreams

Theme of Dreams

Series: A Midsummer Night's Dream
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ explores dreams and imagination – the blurred lines between dreams and waking, what is real and what is not, what is reasonable…and what is not. This clip...Show More

Theme: Evil

Theme: Evil

Series: Lord of the Flies
This programme analyses how Golding uses the novel to explore the nature of evil. Making detailed reference to the text, it examines the escalation of evil, how characters embrace or reject evil...Show More

Golding’s Writing Style

Golding’s Writing Style

Series: Lord of the Flies
This programme provides detailed analyses and examples of Golding’s methods, and the key elements of his writing style. It explains the concepts of fable and allegory, and explores Golding’s...Show More

Ralph and Jack

Ralph and Jack

Series: Lord of the Flies
These characters like and admire each other at first, but by the end of the novel Jack is hunting Ralph to the death. This programme explores the nature and significance of these two main...Show More

Context and Background

Context and Background

Series: Lord of the Flies
What do World War II, the Holocaust and the development of nuclear weapons have to do with a story about boys stranded on a deserted island? This programme shows how mid-20th century social...Show More

Inspector Goole

Inspector Goole

Series: An Inspector Calls
Inspector Goole, an impressively authoritative and purposeful figure, is the focus of this clip. We also examine the way Priestley reveals the key character, who takes on a role more akin to that...Show More

Dramatic Style

Dramatic Style

Series: An Inspector Calls
In this clip, we examine the devices and dramatic styles Priestley employs to influence the audience’s response to the play’s characters and events – including genre, structure, suspense,...Show More

Context and Background

Context and Background

Series: An Inspector Calls
Set in 1912, the play unfolds during turbulent times in Britain as workers formed unions, and demanded better wages and conditions. This clip explores class divisions at the time, as well as the...Show More

Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Series: An Inspector Calls
This clip explores how Priestley conveys his beliefs about community and social responsibility in the play. Driven simply to look after their own interests, each member of the upper-crust Birling...Show More

Joe, Estella and Magwitch

Joe, Estella and Magwitch

Series: Great Expectations
The characters of ‘Great Expectations’ are just as vivid now as when they were created in the 1800s. As Pip journeys from childhood to adulthood, his encounters with an eclectic cast of...Show More

Dickens' Writing Style

Dickens' Writing Style

Series: Great Expectations
This programme offers insights into the stylistic devices employed by Dickens to great effect in the novel Great Expectations. Learn more about the characteristics and writing style that have...Show More

Context and Background

Context and Background

Series: Great Expectations
This programme delves into the who, what, when, where and why of Great Expectations. Locate Charles Dickens’ masterpiece in its historical context and learn about the real-life events that...Show More