Paralympic basketball player and sports presenter Ade Adepitan reads extracts from 'Tom's Midnight Garden' by Philippa Pearce. He shares why he loves the book, how it captured his imagination and why he loves to read.
Two garden gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, try to avoid tragedy and find a happy ending to their star-crossed love affair when they are caught up in a feud between neighbours in this comical family adventure.
Cerys Matthews explores the Mabinogion, a medieval book of ancient folk tales which includes the first-ever appearance of King Arthur. Translated from Welsh to English in the 19th century by Charlotte Guest, the influence of the book can be seen today in the works of JRR Tolkien and in Game of Thrones. The presenter examines the original manuscripts, and visits some of the locations in Wales that inspired many of the stories.
The way in which a few tribal and local Germanic dialects spoken by a hundred and fifty thousand people grew into the English language - spoken and understood by about one and a half billion people - has all the characteristics of a tremendous adventure. An adventure of tenacity, luck, near extinction on more than one occasion, dazzling flexibility and an extraordinary power to absorb.
A modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
Follow the story of three unlikely heroes - Despereaux, a misfit mouse, Botticelli Remorso, an unhappy rat, and Miggery, a servant girl. Their fates are all intertwined as they set out on a quest to rescue Princess Pea. Will they be able to rescue her without putting her in harm's way?
Tinker Bell thinks her fairy talent isn't as special as the other fairies' talents. But when Tink tries to change who she is, she creates nothing but disaster! With encouragement from her friends, Tink learns the key to solving her problems lies in her unique tinker abilities ... and discovers that when she's true to herself, magical things can happen.
Look, listen, learn and dance with Mugu Kids Host Jub as she plays with a bouncing ball and does some exercise for the kids while Jason Brown sings a song about his best friend, Sue the Kangaroo and Uncle Warren H Williams plays with some kids at Hermannsburg in the desert.
Journalist and author Bidisha examines Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, questioning the main themes of the novel and asking what the characterisation of the mad Creole woman in the attic says about they author's views on colonialism. T
The classic tale of Princess Aurora and the evil curse placed on her at birth by a vengeful fairy named Maleficent. Aurora is doomed to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep slumber on her 16th birthday, with the only remedy being a kiss from her one true love.
Six Shakespearean actors and directors research the revered dramatist and reveal the stories behind and the wonders within some of his greatest plays. This week Joely Richardson investigates Twelfth Night and As You Like It.
Legendary director Trevor Nunn, (who has directed 30 of Shakespeare's 37 plays and is determined to complete them all), takes us through the magical and mysterious world created in The Tempest, Shakespeare's last complete play.
This is the season for love, laughter, and one of the most cherished stories of all time! Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale.
Alexandra Harris examines Virginia Woolf's classic novel Mrs Dalloway, and finds out how the post-war climate of confusion and uncertainty, but also of progression in the 1920s influenced the free-form style of the book.
Honoured with legions of critical acclaim, Disney's 36th animated masterpiece magically transforms an ancient Chinese legend into unparalleled fun and adventure that comes along but once every dynasty. Embraced for her lovable, spirited nature, Mulan is a young girl who doesn't quite fit into her tradition-bound society. When the invading Hun army comes charging over China's Great Wall, Mulan's ageing father is ordered into battle. To spare him from harm, Mulan disguises herself as a soldier and secretly takes his place in the Imperial army, training with a comical, ragtag troop, led by the courageous Captain Shang.
Aggressive trial lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) has never lost a case. But when he's sentenced to a community service assignment, he must coach a ragtag team of pee wee hockey players who can't skate, can't score and can't win! First, he teaches the hapless team everything about winning, and then they teach him that winning isn't everything. Watch the pucks fly as they battle their way to the most important game of their lives!
A sword mysteriously embedded in a massive stone offers this challenge: Whoever can pull it from the stone will become the king of England! Many try to remove the sword and fail, and for an awkward young squire-in-training, the quest seems ludicrous. But with help from a powerful wizard, Merlin, the young man learns that with persistence and belief in himself, even the most incredible dream can be realised. Join in all the wild marvels that make this film a heart-pounding adventure that serves up royal entertainment.
The Norman invasion of 1066 relegated English from the primary language of the country to a poor third - after French, the tongue of the court, and Latin, the tongue of the church. This episode tells the story of its re-emergence.
Recounts the story of how English became the language of the English church. The long uphill battle begins with John Wycliffe and the first English translation of the Bible and the program goes on to describe how in the time of Henry V, political necessity made English the language of state, and how the work of the Chancery and later of the printers, helped to codify it.
Cinderella has faith her dreams of a better life will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother's wand, Cinderella's rags are magically turned into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball to meet her Prince.
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Is a movie director's vision more vivid than a child's imagination? Challenge your students to compare what they've read with what they've watched in these film adaptations of classic books for children.
After your secondary students have finished reading their recommended texts, encourage them to "compare and contrast" classic and popular books with their movie adaptations from Australia and Hollywood.