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Contains 89 Videos

Austen's Writing Style

Austen's Writing Style

Pride and Prejudice

A big reason why Pride and Prejudice is considered such an outstanding literary work revolves around the writing style and literary techniques employed by Jane Austen. This programme examines various techniques including her comprehensive use of...Show More
Characters

Characters

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen created a fascinating and engaging range of characters in Pride and Prejudice. This video analyses the character and function of the story’s witty, high-spirited heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, her interactions with the other characters...Show More
Themes of Pride and Wealth

Themes of Pride and Wealth

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice carries a number of themes that are just as prevalent in our lives today as they were in Regency era England. This video explores some of those themes, including pride, love, wealth and prejudice, and how they...Show More
Jane Austen's World

Jane Austen's World

Pride and Prejudice

When Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice, women authors were frowned upon. So what inspired her to create such a timeless literary masterpiece? This programme explores Austen’s life and the context in which she wrote about social complexities...Show More
Merchant of Venice: Characters

Merchant of Venice: Characters

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 who’s out to upstage his brother Trevor – what...Show More
Merchant of Venice: Themes

Merchant of Venice: Themes

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 with his brother Trevor, Bassanio’s personal...Show More
Merchant of Venice: Dramatic Techniques

Merchant of Venice: Dramatic Techniques

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, although Bassanio’s battling with his dating...Show More
Frankenstein and the Monster

Frankenstein and the Monster

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 examines the troubled relationship between...Show More
Writing Style

Writing Style

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 narrative, structuring a narrative concentrically, and...Show More
The Pursuit of Knowledge

The Pursuit of Knowledge

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. This clip highlights some of those themes,...Show More
Context and Background

Context and Background

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 Romanticism. This clip looks at Mary Shelley’s...Show More
Shakespeare's Footprints

Shakespeare's Footprints

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 programme includes well-known examples from his...Show More
Shakespeare's Works and Workplaces

Shakespeare's Works and Workplaces

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 a path to clearly understanding the main features...Show More
Shakespeare's World

Shakespeare's World

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 Shakespeare’s familial, personal and creative profile....Show More
Context and Background

Context and Background

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 programme deconstructs the play in an engaging and...Show More
The Characters of Helena, Puck, and Bottom

The Characters of Helena, Puck, and Bottom

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 programme deconstructs the comedy in an engaging way...Show More
Comedic Techniques

Comedic Techniques

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 Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in an engaging and...Show More
Theme of Dreams

Theme of Dreams

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 deconstructs ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in an...Show More
Theme: Evil

Theme: Evil

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 to different degrees, how evil comes to be...Show More
Golding’s Writing Style

Golding’s Writing Style

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 complex use of symbolism with particular reference...Show More
Ralph and Jack

Ralph and Jack

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 characters, and how Golding uses the struggle between them...Show More
Context and Background

Context and Background

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 conditions and political upheaval are reflected in...Show More
Inspector Goole

Inspector Goole

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 of a judge than an investigating officer. With...Show More
Dramatic Style

Dramatic Style

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, speech, melodrama and dramatic irony. Combining a...Show More
Context and Background

Context and Background

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 context of the play’s first London performance in...Show More