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Through drama and cutting-edge computer graphics, this programme re-creates the story of Jason and the Argonauts, looking beneath the surface of the myth to unveil its themes, ...

Through drama and cutting-edge computer graphics, this programme re-creates the story of Jason and the Argonauts, looking beneath the surface of the myth to unveil its themes, some of which prove to be surprisingly modern.

The Beautiful Lie
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The Beautiful Lie

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  ABC  |  October 25, 2015
Anna can't get Skeet off her mind, Kitty is sent away while Dolly takes pleasure in punishing Kingsley; and Xander's world comes crashing down, when Anna's private affair ...

Anna can't get Skeet off her mind, Kitty is sent away while Dolly takes pleasure in punishing Kingsley; and Xander's world comes crashing down, when Anna's private affair becomes very public.

The Beautiful Lie
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The Beautiful Lie

Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  ABC  |  November 22, 2015
Anna is struggling with Kasper still refusing to see her. As her relationship with Skeet begins to spiral out of control, Anna is unable to manage her fears.

Anna is struggling with Kasper still refusing to see her. As her relationship with Skeet begins to spiral out of control, Anna is unable to manage her fears.

The extraordinary story of how the 19-year-old Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, one of the world's most terrifying monsters. Daughter of Mary Woolstencraft, wife of Percy ...

The extraordinary story of how the 19-year-old Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, one of the world's most terrifying monsters. Daughter of Mary Woolstencraft, wife of Percy Byshe Shelley and close friend to Lord Byron, Mary Shelley's life was every bit as extraordinary as her most famous work. Dramatising the adventures, love affairs and tragedies of her young life, the film shows how her monstrous creation reflected her own extraordinary experiences.

The Beautiful Lie
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The Beautiful Lie

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  ABC  |  November 1, 2015
Anna doesn't like Xander keeping tabs on her, Skeet receives news that shocks him, Dolly arranges the worst dinner party ever but it does allow Peter and Kitty to meet again.

Anna doesn't like Xander keeping tabs on her, Skeet receives news that shocks him, Dolly arranges the worst dinner party ever but it does allow Peter and Kitty to meet again.

The Beautiful Lie
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The Beautiful Lie

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  ABC  |  October 18, 2015
A reimagining of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. It's about love, fidelity, seduction, commitment, jealousy, and mad passion. Love that saves and love that destroys.

A reimagining of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. It's about love, fidelity, seduction, commitment, jealousy, and mad passion. Love that saves and love that destroys.

Total Recall
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Total Recall

Episode 1  |  7mate  |  November 2, 2017
A factory worker begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led. He ...

A factory worker begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led. He soon finds himself a target and on the run.

To coincide with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, Cambridge historian Helen Castor and a team of archaeologists embark on the first ever investigation of ...

To coincide with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, Cambridge historian Helen Castor and a team of archaeologists embark on the first ever investigation of Shakespeare's grave. They discover if there's truth to the rumours that his grave, which carries a curse, has been tampered with. They explore a Victorian story that Shakespeare's skull was stolen by trophy hunters; a trail that leads to a mystery skull stashed in a crypt beneath a church. 400 years after Shakespeare's death, this program aims to separate the fact from the folklore.

The realities of living with Skeet sink in for Anna, Dolly coaches Xander into saving his marriage while Kitty and Peter navigate their way through their first lovers' tiff.

The realities of living with Skeet sink in for Anna, Dolly coaches Xander into saving his marriage while Kitty and Peter navigate their way through their first lovers' tiff.

The Beautiful Lie
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The Beautiful Lie

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  ABC  |  November 15, 2015
Anna becomes increasingly jealous & fears she is losing Skeet, while Peter discovers just how sick his brother is. At Peter & Kitty's non-wedding Xander meets Peter's friend ...

Anna becomes increasingly jealous & fears she is losing Skeet, while Peter discovers just how sick his brother is. At Peter & Kitty's non-wedding Xander meets Peter's friend Helen and they hit it off instantly.

Tom Hanks stars as Robert Langdon, a symbologist who investigates a murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings that lead to the discovery of a religious mystery.

Tom Hanks stars as Robert Langdon, a symbologist who investigates a murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings that lead to the discovery of a religious mystery.

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. -

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. -

After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of ...

After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

A young female law student endangers her own life while solving one of the most significant crimes in history.

A young female law student endangers her own life while solving one of the most significant crimes in history.

Shakespeare Uncovered
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Shakespeare Uncovered: Richard II with Derek Jacobi

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  ABC  |  March 10, 2013
Derek Jacobi revisits the role of Richard II which he played in 1978 for the BBC. He reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the political ...

Derek Jacobi revisits the role of Richard II which he played in 1978 for the BBC. He reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the political parallels within the play that still resonate today.

Derek Jacobi revisits the role of Richard II which he played in 1978 for the BBC. He reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the political ...

Derek Jacobi revisits the role of Richard II which he played in 1978 for the BBC. He reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the political parallels within the play that still resonate today.

Myths and Monsters
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Myths and Monsters: Change and Revolution

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  The History Channel  |  September 13, 2018
A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

Zan Rowe and David Marr join Jennifer, Marieke and Jason on The Book Club. They'll be discussing the latest from Dave Eggers, The Circle, as well as David's choice of classic ...

Zan Rowe and David Marr join Jennifer, Marieke and Jason on The Book Club. They'll be discussing the latest from Dave Eggers, The Circle, as well as David's choice of classic -The Quiet American by Graeme Greene.

In Hamlet, David Tennant, whose own RSC performance was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role - from the legendary David Warner in the 1960s to the recent ...

In Hamlet, David Tennant, whose own RSC performance was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role - from the legendary David Warner in the 1960s to the recent Jude Law. He also tries, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, to unravel the meaning of the play and the reason why it is considered by many to be the greatest play Shakespeare ever wrote. David Tennant surprised when he took on the role of Hamlet - most did not know that he had trained in and worked for many years at the Royal Shakespeare Company. But that didn't mean he wasn't scared stiff at the prospect of taking on the legendary role. Now he takes up the challenge of unravelling the story and trying to uncover what it is about it that has made Hamlet the most famous of all of Shakespeare's plays. He revisits his own performance, alongside his director Greg Doran, and he meets up with other actors who have tackled the role. With the historian Justin Champion he tries to enter the mindset of the 16th century audiences who would have watched this story and he discovers how different generations of actors, directors and scholars have interpreted the play. What he discovers is that Hamlet is a play full of questions rather than answers - but they are the questions we all continue to ask ourselves to this day. Questions about who to believe, who to trust, how to live and how to love, how to understand life and how to face death. What all the actors who have played it seem to share is that the process of acting the role is deeply and profoundly personal - and perhaps that is why audiences also feel that the play touches them more than any other play before or since.

Myths and Monsters
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Myths and Monsters

Episode 2  |  The History Channel  |  August 23, 2018
A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

Myths and Monsters
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Myths and Monsters: The End of All Things

Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  The History Channel  |  September 20, 2018
A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

August's regular Book Club will be consumed by the sin of Lust when Jennifer is joined by regular Clubbers Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger plus author, journalist and TV ...

August's regular Book Club will be consumed by the sin of Lust when Jennifer is joined by regular Clubbers Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger plus author, journalist and TV presenter Tara Moss and founder of The Bell Shakespeare Company - actor and director John Bell.

Director Trevor Nunn looks at the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare's last complete play, The Tempest. Trevor finds out where Shakespeare got his material ...

Director Trevor Nunn looks at the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare's last complete play, The Tempest. Trevor finds out where Shakespeare got his material from and the strange personal insights hidden within it. It is a truly experimental work but sadly perhaps also Shakespeare's farewell to the theatre. The Tempest is peculiarly suitable to film - ambitious, experimental and full of magic. Not surprisingly, one of the very first silent film adaptations of a Shakespeare play was The Tempest in 1911. As Trevor reveals, it was actually written for an experimental theatre - Shakespeare's first indoor space, the Blackfriars. There is a replica of the theatre in Staunton, Virginia and Trevor sees a rehearsal of the opening scenes of the play using the full panoply of early 17th-century special effects. Shakespeare was probably prompted to write it by a true story of shipwreck and survival which Trevor uncovers, but it is a deeply autobiographical piece, filled with concerns about the upcoming marriage of his own daughter and informed by Shakespeare's need to address many issues in what would be, in effect, the last full play he would ever write. Thus it becomes a play that defies genre - not a tragedy, not a comedy, not a history and not a revenge play - but with elements of all of those. Trevor takes us through the story of the magus Prospero, abandoned on an island with his daughter Miranda. He tells about his spirit companion Ariel and his slave Caliban, and shows how the opportunity for Prospero to wreak revenge upon those who abandoned him ultimately leads to one of the sweetest stories of love and forgiveness. It's a story in which Shakespeare himself seems to be reflected in the character of Prospero, who ends the play by giving up his magic just as Shakespeare is giving up his own to return to Stratford where, only two years later, he dies. Trevor completes his investigation from the church in which Shakespeare is buried.

This star-studded documentary examines the tumultuous true life story of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of seven ...

This star-studded documentary examines the tumultuous true life story of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of seven groundbreaking books. This larger-than-life character is considered responsible for the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail.

Myths and Monsters
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Myths and Monsters

Episode 3  |  The History Channel  |  August 30, 2018
A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

A journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

Performance poet John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's autobiographical classic Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and discovers how his fellow Mancunian's ...

Performance poet John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's autobiographical classic Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and discovers how his fellow Mancunian's addiction memoir avoids the cliches of modern 'misery-lit' in favour of something much more unsentimental and psychologically complex.

Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of tearing them apart. Claudio's friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will ...

Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of tearing them apart. Claudio's friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Only the intrigues of a resentful prince force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice - by killing his best friend. Driven along by a romance all the more charming for being unacknowledged, Much Ado About Nothing is a miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, two of Shakespeare's wittiest, most lovable pair of lovers.

According to the dictionary 'erotica' is art or literature dealing with the arousal and/or satisfaction of sexual desire. Given that one person's perversion is another's minor ...

According to the dictionary 'erotica' is art or literature dealing with the arousal and/or satisfaction of sexual desire. Given that one person's perversion is another's minor titillation leaves a very wide field, from the shocking to the saucy to the sublime. Joining Jennifer Byrne to discuss the erotic and our endless fascination with it are Krissy Kneen, author of Triptych and Swallow The Sound - a writer pushing the boundaries of acceptable sexual norms; David Malouf, one of Australia's most treasured writers and a deep thinker; writer, curator and performer Eddie Sharp, the mind behind the successful and often outrageous Erotic Fan Fiction Readings; and Linda Jaivin, writer, translator, and author of eight books including the very steamy Eat Me and more recently, A Most Immoral Woman.

The extraordinary story of how the 19-year-old Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, one of the world's most terrifying monsters. Daughter of Mary Woolstencraft, wife of Percy ...

The extraordinary story of how the 19-year-old Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, one of the world's most terrifying monsters. Daughter of Mary Woolstencraft, wife of Percy Byshe Shelley and close friend to Lord Byron, Mary Shelley's life was every bit as extraordinary as her most famous work. Dramatising the adventures, love affairs and tragedies of her young life, the film shows how her monstrous creation reflected her own extraordinary experiences.

An in-depth look at the life Georges Remi (known by his pen name Herge), whose tales of reporter Tintin and his canine sidekick Snowy have stood the test of time, despite ...

An in-depth look at the life Georges Remi (known by his pen name Herge), whose tales of reporter Tintin and his canine sidekick Snowy have stood the test of time, despite controversy over his early work.

This story chronicles the life of TS Garp, the illegitimate son of a feminist mother, who is a quirky everyman, a wistful writer wrestling with our screw loose modern age.

This story chronicles the life of TS Garp, the illegitimate son of a feminist mother, who is a quirky everyman, a wistful writer wrestling with our screw loose modern age.

Set in 1921, this is the story of an adulterous affair between Lady Constance Chatterley, a sexually unfulfilled upper-class married woman, and the gamekeeper who works for ...

Set in 1921, this is the story of an adulterous affair between Lady Constance Chatterley, a sexually unfulfilled upper-class married woman, and the gamekeeper who works for the estate owned by her wheelchair-bound husband. Based on DH Lawrence's classic novel, and winner of five Cesar Awards in 2007, including Best Film. Directed by Pascale Ferran and stars Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coullo'ch and Hippolyte Girardot.

A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an epic adventure with a spirited group of dwarves and a powerful wizard to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it ...

A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an epic adventure with a spirited group of dwarves and a powerful wizard to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug.

This film tells the story of one man's struggle under the constant surveillance of Big Brother. Winston Smith endures an abject existence in totalitarian Oceania, employed to ...

This film tells the story of one man's struggle under the constant surveillance of Big Brother. Winston Smith endures an abject existence in totalitarian Oceania, employed to rewrite the history books for the Ministry of Truth in order to support the current party line and perpetuate a false legacy. Disillusioned by the state of affairs and ill with the burden of lies, his life takes a horrifying turn when he begins a forbidden love affair and commits the crime of independent thought. Sent to the Ministry of Love, he is placed at the mercy of O'Brien, an imperious leader determined to not only control his thoughts but crush his soul. Title also stylised as 1984.

Circumstance forces Mary to travel to the ominous Jamaica Inn in Cornwall to stay with her downtrodden Aunt Patience and her violent husband Joss.

Circumstance forces Mary to travel to the ominous Jamaica Inn in Cornwall to stay with her downtrodden Aunt Patience and her violent husband Joss.

When Mary witnesses Joss' drunken confession to murder and ship-wrecking, she is compelled to confide in the local Vicar Davey and his sister Hannah. A secret outing to the ...

When Mary witnesses Joss' drunken confession to murder and ship-wrecking, she is compelled to confide in the local Vicar Davey and his sister Hannah. A secret outing to the market with Jem leads to some overwhelming feelings.

Nella faces danger and turmoil. Meanwhile, her relationship with the Miniaturist becomes ever more mysterious and disturbing.

Nella faces danger and turmoil. Meanwhile, her relationship with the Miniaturist becomes ever more mysterious and disturbing.

Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold and directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson. A young girl who has been murdered watches over her family and ...

Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold and directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson. A young girl who has been murdered watches over her family and her killer from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. At the heart of the story is the endearingly honest and brave Susie Salmon who observes her family as they come to grips with overwhelming loss. As the family grapples with grief and growing frustration over the police's failure to solve the crime, Susie tries to guide her father towards uncovering the identity of her killer.

Directors Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs capture a playful, intimate and resoundingly poignant portrait of children's writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak in his Connecticut ...

Directors Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs capture a playful, intimate and resoundingly poignant portrait of children's writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak in his Connecticut home. From the early sketches and toys he made with his brother Jack, to his most celebrated work 'Where The Wild Things Are', Sendak reveals the provocative and prolific imagination that has spawned over half a century of work.

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the districts of Panem.

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the districts of Panem.

Amsterdam, 1686. Nella Oortman marries a rich merchant, but life in her new home is unfulfilled. Even her cabinet house brings a mystery to the secretive world she has entered.

Amsterdam, 1686. Nella Oortman marries a rich merchant, but life in her new home is unfulfilled. Even her cabinet house brings a mystery to the secretive world she has entered.

Desperate to save Johannes, Nella decides to use what she has learned in Amsterdam to sell the sugar herself.

Desperate to save Johannes, Nella decides to use what she has learned in Amsterdam to sell the sugar herself.

In the epic conclusion to the film series, Harry, Ron and Hermione hunt down the last of Voldermort's hidden Horcruxes in the hopes of finally destroying the dark lord, ...

In the epic conclusion to the film series, Harry, Ron and Hermione hunt down the last of Voldermort's hidden Horcruxes in the hopes of finally destroying the dark lord, bringing peace to the wizarding world.

As the net tightens on the smugglers, Jem is taken into custody and Mary struggles to know who to trust. Jem begs Joss to give up his anonymous superior and save them both. ...

As the net tightens on the smugglers, Jem is taken into custody and Mary struggles to know who to trust. Jem begs Joss to give up his anonymous superior and save them both. Meanwhile, Mary is unaware of the true danger she faces.

Retired American professor Andrew Garrod arrives in Kigali to stage a production of Romeo and Juliet. Ben Proudfoot's film shows Rwanda 20 years after the genocide. The cast ...

Retired American professor Andrew Garrod arrives in Kigali to stage a production of Romeo and Juliet. Ben Proudfoot's film shows Rwanda 20 years after the genocide. The cast reflect on the trauma that still remains.

Finding 1984, examines the subject matter of the dystopian classic and looks at how technology is allowing modern society to be monitored in ways predicted in the novel that ...

Finding 1984, examines the subject matter of the dystopian classic and looks at how technology is allowing modern society to be monitored in ways predicted in the novel that Orwell wrote in 1948.

The timeless story explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, while illuminating the lavish society that was imperial Russia. The time is 1874. ...

The timeless story explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, while illuminating the lavish society that was imperial Russia. The time is 1874. Vibrant and beautiful, Anna Karenina has what any of her contemporaries would aspire to; she is the wife of Karenin, a high-ranking government official to whom she has borne a son, and her social standing in St Petersburg could scarcely be higher. She journeys to Moscow after a letter from her philandering brother asking for Anna to come and help save his marriage to Dolly. En route, Anna makes the acquaintance of Countess Vronsky, who is then met at the train station by her son, the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky. When Anna is introduced to Vronsky, there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot - and will not - be ignored.

Based on J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel, this film stars John Malkovich as a professor of romantic poetry at a South African university who is accused of sexual ...

Based on J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel, this film stars John Malkovich as a professor of romantic poetry at a South African university who is accused of sexual molestation.

This film is about a young man's passage into manhood and of the three individuals who change the course of his life forever. Set in a small town in Florida, we follow the ...

This film is about a young man's passage into manhood and of the three individuals who change the course of his life forever. Set in a small town in Florida, we follow the journey of the young and impoverished Finnigan Bell into adulthood. His adventure begins when he is forced to aid a dangerous convict in his escape from prison and is further complicated when he meets a rich and insane matron and falls in love with her niece, the icy beauty Estella. Finn's artistic talent and an unknown benefactor take him to New York, where it appears that all of his dreams are within his grasp, including a reunion with Estella. However, in this epic story of fate and desire, Finn becomes lost trying to realise his own great expectations.

The British agent with a licence to kill, James Bond crashes onto your screens for his biggest adventure yet. This time he must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game ...

The British agent with a licence to kill, James Bond crashes onto your screens for his biggest adventure yet. This time he must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker, but things are never as they seem.

A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history - the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together at Lake Geneva ...

A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history - the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together at Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories. The night when Frankenstein and the modern vampire were born. All those involved in the events of the summer of 1816 wrote about their life-changing stay in Switzerland. This dramatised documentary is based on their letters, journals and diaries. The film also draws on British Library manuscripts and archive, and brings together a stellar cast of gothic, horror and science fiction writers, including Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris and Margaret Atwood, to discuss why one single night had such a significant impact on our culture.

Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time ...

Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveller - cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry's travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love.

In the epic conclusion to the film series, Harry Ron and Hermione hunt down the last of Voldermort's hidden Horcruxes in the hopes of finally destroying the dark lord, ...

In the epic conclusion to the film series, Harry Ron and Hermione hunt down the last of Voldermort's hidden Horcruxes in the hopes of finally destroying the dark lord, bringing peace to the wizarding world.

Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match. Her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity banishes her from court. Disguised as ...

Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match. Her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy she leaves with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone, to seek out her father in the Forest of Arden. Here she meets Orlando again and, under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love and wooing. A firm favourite among Shakespeare's comedies, and including some of his best loved characters, As You Like It runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance: cross-dressing and love-notes; poetry and brilliant conversation; gentle satire, slapstick and passion. Award-winning director Thea Sharrock (Equus, The Emperor Jones) directed at the Globe for the first time and on her first ever Shakespeare production. This production evoked traditional staging and costume.

Harry must contend with being mysteriously selected to compete in the prestigious Triwizard Tournament, a thrilling international competition that pits him against older and ...

Harry must contend with being mysteriously selected to compete in the prestigious Triwizard Tournament, a thrilling international competition that pits him against older and more experienced students from Hogwarts and two rival European wizarding schools. Meanwhile, supporters of Harry's nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort send a shock wave of fear throughout the wizard community when their Dark Mark scorches the sky at the Quidditch World Cup, signalling Voldemort's return to power. But for Harry, this is not the only harrowing news causing him anxiety; he still has yet to find a date for Hogwarts' Yule Ball dance.

Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, holds sway over an enchanted island. He is comforted by his daughter Miranda and served by his spirit Ariel and ...

Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, holds sway over an enchanted island. He is comforted by his daughter Miranda and served by his spirit Ariel and his deformed slave Caliban. When Prospero raises a storm to wreck this perfidious brother and his confederates on the island, his long contemplated revenge at last seems within reach. Inspired by reports of the first English colonies in the West Indies and imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare's late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment.

Returning to Rome from a war against the Goths, the general Titus Andronicus brings with him the queen Tamora and her three sons as prisoners of war. Titus' sacrifice of ...

Returning to Rome from a war against the Goths, the general Titus Andronicus brings with him the queen Tamora and her three sons as prisoners of war. Titus' sacrifice of Tamora's eldest son to appease the ghosts of his dead sons, and his decision to refuse to accept the title of emperor, initiates a terrible cycle of mutilation, rape and murder. And all the while, at the centre of the nightmare, there moves the villainous, self-delighting Aaron. Grotesquely violent and daringly experimental, Titus was the smash hit of Shakespeare's early career, and is written with a ghoulish energy he was never to repeat elsewhere.

From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and above all ordinary people, this is the story of London's immigrants, its bohemians and how ...

From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and above all ordinary people, this is the story of London's immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever.

One city, eight weeks and two contrasting schools come together to put on a professional production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In a unique experiment, each school will ...

One city, eight weeks and two contrasting schools come together to put on a professional production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In a unique experiment, each school will be cast as one of the two feuding families at the heart of the world's favourite love story.

Brilliant Creatures is a documentary series focusing on four significant Australians: satirist Barry Humphries, art critic Robert Hughes, feminist and academic Germaine Greer, ...

Brilliant Creatures is a documentary series focusing on four significant Australians: satirist Barry Humphries, art critic Robert Hughes, feminist and academic Germaine Greer, and poet, writer and broadcaster Clive James. They all left our shores in the late 50s and 60s and went on to become cultural iconoclasts at the centre of western cultural life in London and New York.

An illuminating profile of the writer David Malouf, recognised as one of Australia's finest novelists and poets. Shot in Australia, Italy, England and Ireland, this film uses ...

An illuminating profile of the writer David Malouf, recognised as one of Australia's finest novelists and poets. Shot in Australia, Italy, England and Ireland, this film uses a combination of interviews, dramatisations, archival footage and cinema verite sequences to explore the work of this complex man. It reveals a writer who looks closely into ordinary lives and events, finding something precious in them, giving those mundane moments meaning and making them into art.

After your secondary students have finished reading their recommended texts, encourage them to "compare and contrast" classic and popular books with their adaptations from Australia and Hollywood.
The English language has evolved into far more than an integral communicative tool. Explore the power of words as a spotlight is shone on the next generation of wordsmiths.
Today's complex structure of classrooms make it difficult to use a single approach to teach reading and writing. This literacy focus playlist assists in teaching reading and writing for all learners.
What do The Lion King and The Bad Sleep Well have in common? They're based on Hamlet! Transformative texts recreate aspects of a story to reveal new contexts through adaptation and intertextuality.
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