Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers from Verona, whose families are at war with each other.
Sketches include: Groovy Greeks, Measly Middle Ages, Awesome USA, Woeful Second World War and Savage Stone Age.
This film introduces us to a 20-year-old Jane Austen - highly unconventional and perilously close to old maid status by 18th century England standards. We also meet many of the people in her world that would later shape characters in her celebrated novels. Among them is roguish Irishman, Tom Lefroy, the man with whom she has a passionate but unapproved love affair. These are the formative years that that would lay the foundation for her career as one of the world's greatest romantic writers.
An intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation.
Harold Pinter, the writer, actor and activist. A personal take on working with Harold Pinter from intimate conversations with actors, directors and writers on their experiences of the man and his work.
Where does bread come from? This is the question asked while children eat their sandwiches in the school playground.
A pirate captain regrets stealing a herd of seasick cows, a Georgian sportsman invents a whole new way of boxing, King Charles II raps about his party lifestyle, and the Georgian army goes to war against a bunch of naughty schoolboys.
Queen Elizabeth I goes online dating; Greek philosopher Socrates foils his own rescue from prison; and Emicho of the Rhineland goes crusading with some very unusual Sat Navs to lead the way.
Horsepower is tested to the max on Stone Age Top Gear; Dickens sings about his life and books; the Greek philosophers host weird dinner parties on 'Come Dine With Me' and Vlad the Impaler reveals his horrible new plan.
In a school playground, children eat and talk about apples and various apple products. Why do apple trees grow apples? It all starts with the honey bee.
Adapted from William Shakespeare, the film tells the story of two couples - confirmed bachelor Benedick and caustic Beatrice, and young Claudio and innocent Hero. Playful bickering defines one couple, whereas romance and betrayal describe the other.
A program hosted by book lover and ABC arts personality Jennifer Byrne. An integral part of the book world, it features regular panellists and guests from the worlds of literature, entertainment, sport or politics.
Alice in Wonderland is said to be the most quoted book in print, second only to The Bible, with a passionate army of fans who regularly congregate around the world to celebrate its rich and playful world. But what of its creator, the mild-mannered and unassuming Oxford University Mathematics don, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll?
Ella lives in a magical world in which each child, at the moment of their birth, is given a virtuous 'gift' from a fairy godmother. Ella's so-called gift, however, is obedience. This birthright proves itself to be quite the curse once Ella finds herself in the hands of several unscrupulous characters that she quite literally cannot disobey. Watch the movie then compare the characters, settings, events and narrative with other more traditional fairy tales.
In this First World War special, the award-winning comedy sketch team, Bob Hale and Rattus Rattus, guide us through the horrible history of 1914-18.
Around 25,000 books and scholarly articles have been written about every aspect of WWI, from well-known works such as All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, to Gallipoli and The Great War by Les Carlyon, alongside books of poetry and verse from the 1930s. This special program will invite a panel of guests including Merrick Watts, Peter Fitzsimons, and Dr Christina Spittel to bring their favourite books to discuss and recommend to the audience.
The first of the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn sparring matches, with the legendary screen couple playing warring reporters who 'enjoy' a comically turbulent relationship.
In this prequel to David Lynch's cult television series, a young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer.
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