An Age of Kings
An Age of Kings is a fifteen-part serial adaptation of the eight sequential history plays of William Shakespeare, produced by the BBC in 1960. At the time, the show was the most ambitious Shakespearean television adaptation ever made, at the time, An Age of Kings was the most conceptually ambitious Shakespeare project ever undertaken, containing over 600 speaking roles, and requiring thirty weeks of rehearsal prior to performance. Adapter Eric Crozier cut the text of the eight plays into sixty-, seventy-, seventy-five- and eighty-minute episodes, the only exception to this was 1 Henry VI, which was reduced to a single hour-long episode. Dews sourced most of his cast from The Old Vic, using many of the actors who had appeared in Seales production. Dews also used actors with whom he had worked whilst directing undergraduate plays at Oxford University and he gave the job of directing to his assistant, Michael Hayes. The entire production was shot with four cameras running at any given time, for battle scenes, a cyclorama was used as a backdrop, obscured with smoke. Almost the entire series was shot in medium and close ups, all ten episodes were broadcast live, and a 16mm telerecording was made by literally filming a television screen. Many of the episodes ended with wordless pseudo-teasers for the following episode, for example, The Deposing of the King ends with a shot of Northumberlands dagger stabbed into Henry IVs paperwork, visually alluding to his later rebellion. Signs of War ends with a shot of a signpost reading Agincourt, the Dangerous Brother ends with Richard watching the sleeping Princes in the Tower before smiling to himself and then blowing out a candle, again alluding to his planned murder. The series was a success, with an average viewing audience of three million in the UK. The Times hailed the production as monumental, a landmark in the BBCs Shakespearian tradition, the series went on to win the British Guild of Directors award for Excellence in Directing and the Peabody Award in the US. The series was acquired for United States public television by the National Educational Television and Radio Center, with support from the Humble Oil. Costing $250,000, Humble Oil not only paid for the national rights, baxter provided commentary on the historical, geographical and genealogical backgrounds of the plays. As public televisions first smash hit, the led to many other successful British drama imports. First transmitted,28 April 1960 Running time,60 minutes Content, Richard II Acts 1,2 and Act 3, First transmitted,12 May 1960 Running time,60 minutes Content, Richard II from Act 3, Scene 3 onwards. First transmitted,26 May 1960 Running time,80 minutes Content,1 Henry IV Acts 1 and 2, First transmitted,9 June 1960 Running time,70 minutes Content,1 Henry IV from Act 3, Scene 1 onwards. First transmitted,23 June 1960 Running time,60 minutes Content,2 Henry IV Acts 1 and 2, First transmitted,7 July 1960 Running time,75 minutes Content,2 Henry IV from Act 3, Scene 1 onwards. First transmitted,21 July 1960 Running time,60 minutes Content, First transmitted,4 August 1960 Running time,60 minutes Content, Henry V from Act 4, Scene 0 onwards
Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running since 1979, based on a 1977 documentary series, the series has spawned versions in other countries with the same TV format, including Canada and the United States. As of 2017 it is presented by Fiona Bruce and is in its 39th series, the series began as a 1977 BBC documentary about a London auction house doing a tour of the West Country in England. The pilot was so successful that it was transmitted and the format has remained almost unchanged ever since, negus appeared on Antiques Roadshow until 1983. In the original BBC series, various towns or famous places are advertised as venues. The original theme music was Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No 3, but was changed in the early 1990s to a piece, by Paul Reade and Tim Gibson. The show has visited a number of other countries and has been imitated by other TV production companies around the world. In the United Kingdom, annual childrens Christmas specials aired from 1991 until 2006 and these specials aired under the title Antiques Roadshow, The Next Generation and used a specially reworked version of the regular theme music. However, there was no childrens special in 2007, instead an edition was devoted to antiques of the future dating from the 1950s to the present day, a spin-off series, 20th Century Roadshow, focusing on modern collectibles, aired between April and June 2005. It was hosted by Alan Titchmarsh, in the 1980s a girl wrote in to Jimll Fix It to ask if Jimmy Savile would fix it for her to accidentally drop and smash a seemingly-valuable vase in an episode of the show. The most valuable item to appear on the show featured on 16 November 2008. This was an original 1990s maquette of the Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gormley, owned by Gateshead Council, conversely, many items brought before the experts are worthless. However, these are shown in the broadcast episodes, to spare embarrassment for the individuals involved. All items are appraised, although most appraisals take place off-camera, with only the most promising items being filmed, the theme music for the show was written by Paul Reade and Tim Gibson and was published by Air Edel. Local people bring along their possessions to be evaluated for authenticity and interest, often, the professional evaluators give a rather in-depth historical, craft, or artistic context to the antique, adding a very strong cultural element to the show. This increases the appeal to people interested in the study of the past or some particular crafts, or certain arts. At the core though, the focus of the production is on the interplay between the owner and the evaluator, each episode is filmed at a different location, although some locations feature in two episodes. In 2005, part of the BBC team visited Australia and produced six episodes in conjunction with The LifeStyle Channel
Any Dream Will Do (TV series)
Any Dream Will Do, is a 2007 talent show-themed television series produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom. It searched for a new, unknown lead to play Joseph in a West End revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph, the show was hosted by Graham Norton, who announced Lee Mead as the winner of the final public telephone vote on 9 June 2007. It was the second West-End talent show to be produced by the BBC/Andrew Lloyd Webber, after How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, further Talent shows in the series have aired, with Id Do Anything completing in 2008 and Over the Rainbow which ran in April/May 2010. On 26 October 2008, Freek Bartels was announced the winner of this show, commissioned after the success of the similar BBC series How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria. The series followed the format to find a new, unknown lead for a revival of Joseph. The series was named after the song from the musical, Any Dream Will Do, an expert panel provided advice to the contestants throughout the series, and provided comments during the live shows. As they appeared on screen from right to left, the panel was made up of, Zoe Tyler, vocal coach to the contestants Bill Kenwright Denise Van Outen who later went on to date, john Barrowman Andrew Lloyd Webber, head judge and composer of Joseph. The first week of the documented the initial auditions where one hundred hopefuls. This was further whittled-down by the panel of judges to fifty contestants who would enter Andrew Lloyd Webbers Joseph School, however, two additional entrants were selected over this fifty contestant limit after they went to Lloyd Webbers personal studio for a second audition. In the second week, the fifty individuals selected attended Joseph School where the coaches worked on singing, acting, former Joseph actor Jason Donovan, amongst others, visited to lend his advice and support for them. On the second day, one contestant left the competition, twenty-three were eliminated, on the third day, another eight men were eliminated, leaving only twenty contestants in the competition. These men were taken to Lloyd Webbers castle in Ireland, where they performed live in front of a house of locals. The best twelve were taken through to the live studio finals. Twelve potential Josephs were chosen, each wearing a unique coloured coat, at the end of every live show, the Joseph who was eliminated had his coat stripped off whilst singing a song of farewell. Colour key The twelve finalists, were announced on 7 April 2007, each week the Josephs were set various singing and performing tasks each week. They were introduced with clips summarising their past week before performing a song and hearing comments from the panel. Each week they performed two group songs, one from Joseph at the start of each show and one after the solo performances. All the performances were live in front of an audience, with a live band headed by Nigel Wright
Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show!
Its the Mr Hell Show is a British-Canadian animated comedy television show that aired on BBC Two from 28 October 2001 to 18 February 2002. The show was created by David Freedman and Alan Gilbey after the card line about a painfully honest demon created by cartoonist Hugh MacLeod. The basic format was a series of sketches linked by the eponymous Mr. Hell, Mr. Hell also regularly has his own sketches, some featuring his illegitimate son Damien, the son of Mr. Hell and Angela an angel. 2001 Gemini Award Winner 2001 Leo Award - Winner Best Animation Program or Series 2001 Houston World Festival Platinum Remi Award Winner Aaagh, at the Internet Movie Database Aaagh
AD/BC: A Rock Opera
AD/BC is a parody rock opera with music by Matt Berry and lyrics by Matt Berry and Richard Ayoade. It aired on BBC Three in 2004, the opera is a pastiche of the life-of-Christ rock operas popular in the early 1970s, such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. Sitting at a piano in the late 70s, writer Tim Wynde introduces his creation as a new telling, told in rock, of the birth of Christ and it was shown only once on the BBC and was released on DVD in the UK on 19 November 2007. Innkeeper/Tim Wynde — Matt Berry Tony Iscariot/Roger Kingsmen — Julian Barratt Joseph/C. T
Adam Adamant Lives!
Adam Adamant Lives. is a British television series which ran from 1966 to 1967 on the BBC, starring Gerald Harper in the title role. Proposing that an adventurer born in 1867 had been revived from hibernation in 1966, the Face grants his helpless prisoner one last request and Adam asks to see Louise. But in his last moments of life before being frozen, Adam learns to his horror that Louise had faked her kidnapping and had working for the Face all along. Adam is found in 1966, when a building is being knocked down, on emerging from a hospital and collapsing on the London streets, Adam is rescued by Georgina Jones and taken to her flat. Though in many ways a typical swinging sixties woman, Georgina had grown up idolising Adam through tales of his turn-of-the-century exploits. She tries to get in on all his cases, despite his efforts to stop her, the part originally went to Ann Holloway in the untransmitted pilot episode, but was recast with Juliet Harmer as it was felt that Holloways performance did not fit the series. Adam is a swordsman, he carries a swordstick and will cold-bloodedly kill any enemy who deserves it. He was a Colonel and has been on the strength of the 51st Yeomanry since 1895 – though he is naturally listed on their official records as being missing. He is also a boxer and occasionally demonstrates proficiency in jujitsu. Adam immediately became embroiled in the world of the 1960s when Georgina was threatened after almost being witness to the murder of her grandfather by protection racketeers at a disco. It is accessed by a hidden on the other side of a sliding wall. He also purchased a Mini Cooper S with the personalised numberplate AA1000, the car is dark green and tan, it has a sun-roof, electric windows, and a very posh interior. It was a conversion, a Mini de Ville by Harold Radford Coach Builder LTD. He occasionally does a job for the British Government, as in More Deadly Than the Sword, when he is knocked unconscious, Adam usually dreams of how he was caught by the Face and of Louise telling him, So clever, but oh so vulnerable. This is apt, as many women take advantage of his Victorian naïveté, in terms of fashion, the series captured well the gradual shift in 1966/67 from the mod styles of Swinging London to the more Bohemian styles that characterised the late sixties. Adam has his 100th birthday in the episode, A Sinister Sort of Service. Though he didnt really need them, Gerald Harper wore false eyebrows based on the make-up ladys own eyebrows and he also wore a wig. Harper was a bit shortsighted and wore glasses, which he removed as soon as filming was ready to start. His shortsightedness did cause opponents to keep their distance in sword-fights since, as one put it
The Animals of Farthing Wood (TV series)
It was produced by Telemagination, based in London, and La Fabrique, based in Montpellier in France, but also aired in other European countries. The first countries to air the series were Norway, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, on 3 October 2016, Network Distributing released all three series of The Animals of Farthing Wood onto a DVD Box Set. This is the first time all episodes have been released in English as an official, the television series followed the basic plots of the series of books, although certain elements were changed. It followed the animals of Farthing Wood, who were forced to flee their homes after humans started destroying the wood to build houses. Led by Fox, and guided by Toad, the animals left Farthing Wood on a journey to White Deer Park, the episodes were made in both the UK and France. Because of this, in Series 1 the motorways carriageways have traffic driving on the right hand carriageway of the motorway, however, they are briefly seen in Series 3 driving on the left hand side. Jeremy Barrett is Mr. Rabbit, Mole, Bold, Friendly, Hollow, Mossy, Measley, Mr. Shrew, Rupert Farley is Fox, Mr. Hare, Mr. Pheasant, Plucky, Trey, and others. Jon Glover is Scarface, Ranger, The Warden, and others, sally Grace is Owl, Weasel, Charmer, and others. Stacy Jefferson is Vixen, Adder, Kestrel, Mrs. Hare, Mrs. Rabbit, Shadow, pamela Keevilkral is Dash, Cleo, Fido, Speedy, Whisper, Mrs. Squirrel, Mrs. Hedgehog, and others. Ron Moody is Badger, Toad, Whistler, Bully, Spike, Rollo, Mr. Hedgehog, Mr. Vole, Mr. Mouse, The Great White Stag, and others. Maria Warburg is Whisper Fox, the leader of the Animals of Farthing Wood, was voiced by Rupert Farley in the UK and Ireland version but in the US version he was played by Ralph Macchio. In France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden the cast included the following, in France the programme is known as Les Animaux du Bois de Quatsous. It first aired on France 2 in 1994, and in Switzerland at the time on TSR.26 episodes were also broadcast in Japan by Shizuoka Asahi Television. The series was broadcast by the ABC in Australia where it became popular. It has clips from the episodes, Beginning and end of The Wood in Danger Beginning of The Journey Begins End of Snare for the Unwary Beginning of Who Shall Wear the Crown. Audio tapes recapping the first two seasons were released, with the story being told to young fox cubs by several of the cast who would also debate the events and mimic some of the other characters. There are also three TV tie-in books available, one to each of the TV series, The Animals of Farthing Wood links with Series 1. The Further Adventures of The Animals of Farthing Wood links with Series 2, the Animals of Farthing Wood – Spirit of Survival links with Series 3