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Petruchio wagers that his wife is more compliant than both Lucentio and Hortensio's. Kate delivers thy husband is thy lord monologue, exhibiting the power relationship between ...

Petruchio wagers that his wife is more compliant than both Lucentio and Hortensio's. Kate delivers thy husband is thy lord monologue, exhibiting the power relationship between men and women in the play.

Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) bid to marry Bianca, telling Baptista how wealthy they are. Baptista agrees to let Lucentio marry Bianca if the suitor's financial ...

Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) bid to marry Bianca, telling Baptista how wealthy they are. Baptista agrees to let Lucentio marry Bianca if the suitor's financial position can be verified.

Peter Ackroyd discusses the role of opium in Coleridge's theories of poetry, imagination and identity.

Peter Ackroyd discusses the role of opium in Coleridge's theories of poetry, imagination and identity.

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests Roger Moore, Jung Chang and Michael Chabon.

Dirk Bogarde stars in this celebrated adaptation of the Dickens classic. This profile includes interviews with Dorothy Tutin (starring actress), Christopher Lee (starring ...

Dirk Bogarde stars in this celebrated adaptation of the Dickens classic. This profile includes interviews with Dorothy Tutin (starring actress), Christopher Lee (starring actor), Ralph Thomas (director) and Paul Guerr (starring actor).

Almost 30 years ago, two scholars from Boston revealed the historical truth behind the legendary vampire known as Dracula. For the first time, their 15-year research ...

Almost 30 years ago, two scholars from Boston revealed the historical truth behind the legendary vampire known as Dracula. For the first time, their 15-year research demonstrated the link between Bram Stoker's infamous vampire and a 15th century Romanian prince named Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler.

Host, Jennifer Byrne and regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by 7:30 host and passionate reader Leigh Sales, and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams ...

Host, Jennifer Byrne and regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by 7:30 host and passionate reader Leigh Sales, and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams to discuss 2015's best books.

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests; Colum McCann, Edna O'Brien and performance by Chrysta Bell.

Young Snow White and Red Riding Hood become lifelong friends as Snow White takes on the might of the wicked Queen. Meanwhile, Red is called home to deal with a pair of hungry ...

Young Snow White and Red Riding Hood become lifelong friends as Snow White takes on the might of the wicked Queen. Meanwhile, Red is called home to deal with a pair of hungry wolves.

When Charles Dickens created the character of Fagin in his novel Oliver Twist, he gave birth to one of the most infamous rogues in English literature. Few people know that ...

When Charles Dickens created the character of Fagin in his novel Oliver Twist, he gave birth to one of the most infamous rogues in English literature. Few people know that Dickens' portrait of Fagin drew inspiration from the life of the Jewish receiver and fencer of stolen goods, Ikey Solomon. The First Fagin recreates Ikey's journey from London's dens of vice, Newgate jail, and the notorious prison "hulks" on the Thames to a daring escape to the new world of America. Ikey then tempted fate by sailing to Tasmania in search of his wife who had been transported as a convict.

An award-winning adaptation of Nevil Shute's moving novel starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch. This intriguing profile features interviews with Virginia McKenna, Jack ...

An award-winning adaptation of Nevil Shute's moving novel starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch. This intriguing profile features interviews with Virginia McKenna, Jack Lee and Jean Anderson.

Proving comics aren't just for kids, look at artists whose comic strips entertain adults and kids alike, including a political cartoonist whose work explores Latino culture, a ...

Proving comics aren't just for kids, look at artists whose comic strips entertain adults and kids alike, including a political cartoonist whose work explores Latino culture, a comics publisher, and the man behind our favourite super heroes.

This documentary celebrates the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, revealing the hidden world behind one of the greatest love stories of all time by restaging a Regency ...

This documentary celebrates the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, revealing the hidden world behind one of the greatest love stories of all time by restaging a Regency ball at Chawton House, the grand estate of Jane Austen's brother. Amanda Vickery and Alastair Sooke lead a team of world-class experts as they reconstruct the ball in loving detail, from music and dancing to food and fashion.

Jack grows up with his heart set on next door neighbour, Cindy. She has her eye turned by the eligible prince at the ball, while Jack gets distracted by a giant beanstalk at ...

Jack grows up with his heart set on next door neighbour, Cindy. She has her eye turned by the eligible prince at the ball, while Jack gets distracted by a giant beanstalk at the bottom of his garden. Will they find true love?

From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, ...

From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, this series combines human stories, expert interviews and historic archive, to reveal the astonishing beauty of books.

The life of Walter Scott, the prolific novelist and poet who wrote swashbuckling tales of romance and derring-do. However, Andrew Marr reveals his lesser-known side as a ...

The life of Walter Scott, the prolific novelist and poet who wrote swashbuckling tales of romance and derring-do. However, Andrew Marr reveals his lesser-known side as a political fixer who believed in a proud Scotland inside the UK. Scott brought George IV to his home country and, swathing him in tartan, created an enduring myth of Scotland as a place of romance populated by a brave race doing brave deeds, all clad in the kilt.

An opera by Benjamin Britten based on the novel by Henry James dealing with the sinister, supernatural forces besetting a governess and her two young charges.

An opera by Benjamin Britten based on the novel by Henry James dealing with the sinister, supernatural forces besetting a governess and her two young charges.

When a skeleton was reported to be found under a Leicester council car park in September 2012, the news broke around the world. People started to wonder whether it could it be ...

When a skeleton was reported to be found under a Leicester council car park in September 2012, the news broke around the world. People started to wonder whether it could it be the remains, lost for 500 years, of England's most infamous king. This documentary takes you deep inside the full story of the hunt for Richard III.

After being lost for centuries, the recent discovery of a skeleton has now been confirmed as that of King Richard III, widely depicted as one of history's most notorious ...

After being lost for centuries, the recent discovery of a skeleton has now been confirmed as that of King Richard III, widely depicted as one of history's most notorious villains. Filmed entirely on location in Great Britain, this program reveals the true man behind Shakespeare's villain and exposes the extent to which Shakespeare bent the truth in order to please his own Tudor monarch.

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests India Knight and Lionel Shriver.

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer for ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer for investigations into some of the most popular reading genres: they reveal the conventions, controversies, and titles that have helped shaped the literary landscape. In this episode, Jennifer talks to #1 New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Christopher Hitchens - one of the most admired and controversial public intellectuals of our time.

He is one of the most recognised figures in American literary history: poet, patriot and faithful advocate of democracy. He has adherents around the globe. But in his time, ...

He is one of the most recognised figures in American literary history: poet, patriot and faithful advocate of democracy. He has adherents around the globe. But in his time, critics denounced Walt Whitman as a "lunatic raving in pitiable delirium". They pronounced his signature book of poetry, Leaves Of Grass, "slimy", "vile", and "beastly". One reviewer wished to see him whipped in public; another suggested he commit suicide.

A profile of Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature. The 74-year-old, ...

A profile of Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature. The 74-year-old, one-time presidential hopeful has written more than 30 novels, plays and essays.

In Search Of The Brontes is a story of alcoholism and illness, of thwarted passion and unrequited love, of a 19th century quest for fame, and a story of literature. The ...

In Search Of The Brontes is a story of alcoholism and illness, of thwarted passion and unrequited love, of a 19th century quest for fame, and a story of literature. The Bronte sisters have been described as 'emotionally fragile young women, beset by family tragedy, channelling their pent-up emotions into some of the most passionate and enduring novels of the 19th century'.

The Romantics
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The Romantics: Nature

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  ABC2  |  February 20, 2011
The Romantics were fascinated by the power of wild nature. But as industry and science sought to harness that same power, the ideas of the child, nature and scientific ...

The Romantics were fascinated by the power of wild nature. But as industry and science sought to harness that same power, the ideas of the child, nature and scientific progress would collide in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. A Romantic manifesto, the novel declares that children are sacred and need unconditional love. It also warns that nature is not to be trifled with or corrupted by science.

David Suchet has spent more of his life acting out the plots of Agatha Christie's work than anyone else in the world. Now he takes a journey around Britain to get under the ...

David Suchet has spent more of his life acting out the plots of Agatha Christie's work than anyone else in the world. Now he takes a journey around Britain to get under the skin of the best-selling author of all time.

A.M. Homes and Vikram Chandra join the panel for this special Sydney Writers Festival edition of The Book Club, discussing We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy ...

A.M. Homes and Vikram Chandra join the panel for this special Sydney Writers Festival edition of The Book Club, discussing We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler and The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey.

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 world of ...

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 world of literature, entertainment, sport or politics.

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features discussions with leading authors and investigations into the popularity ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features discussions with leading authors and investigations into the popularity of writing genres such as crime, sex and romance, and fantasy. Jennifer and her guests embark on a fascinating exploration of literature's bad boys - the cads and bounders!

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations: Ep 3 Of 3

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  ABC  |  March 18, 2012
Pip is shocked when Magwitch reveals that he is his secret benefactor. He decides he wants nothing to do with him and rushes to confront Miss Havisham.

Pip is shocked when Magwitch reveals that he is his secret benefactor. He decides he wants nothing to do with him and rushes to confront Miss Havisham.

Host Jennifer Byrne is joined by Perth Writers Festival guests, Tom Holland, Ahdaf Soueif, Jared Diamond and Loretta Napoleoni who each introduce their book of choice and ...

Host Jennifer Byrne is joined by Perth Writers Festival guests, Tom Holland, Ahdaf Soueif, Jared Diamond and Loretta Napoleoni who each introduce their book of choice and explain why it is worthy of world changing status.

WG Sebald's renowned and influential novel, The Rings of Saturn, provides the backdrop to this lyrical documentary, which retraces the walk along the Suffolk Coast in England.

WG Sebald's renowned and influential novel, The Rings of Saturn, provides the backdrop to this lyrical documentary, which retraces the walk along the Suffolk Coast in England.

Narrated by Derek Jacobi, this is a study of the life and works of author Graham Greene. From his struggles with mental illness and associated suicide attempts to his ...

Narrated by Derek Jacobi, this is a study of the life and works of author Graham Greene. From his struggles with mental illness and associated suicide attempts to his conversion to Catholicism and serial adultery, the film analyses the forces which drove his writing, and impregnated it with the dualities and oppositions in his own life.

Host, Jennifer Byrne and regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by 7.30 host and passionate reader Leigh Sales, and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams ...

Host, Jennifer Byrne and regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by 7.30 host and passionate reader Leigh Sales, and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams to discuss 2015's best books.

A look at Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall, who has twice played Cleopatra. She meets Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave, who have also starred as the ...

A look at Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall, who has twice played Cleopatra. She meets Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave, who have also starred as the Egyptian queen; and visits Rome in search of possible inspirations for the play.

Jennifer Byrne presents this month's Book Club from Toowoomba, joined by playwright Hannie Rayson and journalist and author Matthew Condon to discuss the provocative new novel ...

Jennifer Byrne presents this month's Book Club from Toowoomba, joined by playwright Hannie Rayson and journalist and author Matthew Condon to discuss the provocative new novel 'The Natural Way of Things' by Charlotte Wood.

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests Tony Parsons and Pauline Black.

Multi-award-winning actor and director Fiona Shaw explores the genesis of her all-time favourite book, The Mill on the Floss, and discovers how the scandal that caused George ...

Multi-award-winning actor and director Fiona Shaw explores the genesis of her all-time favourite book, The Mill on the Floss, and discovers how the scandal that caused George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) to take a male pen name was also played out in the plot of her classic novel about a woman's thwarted intellectual ambitions and conflicting sexual desires.

The Romantics
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The Romantics: Eternity

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  ABC2  |  February 27, 2011
As the Romantic period blossomed, there was great progress in medical science. But the scientists treated the human body as a mechanism while the Romantics were interested in ...

As the Romantic period blossomed, there was great progress in medical science. But the scientists treated the human body as a mechanism while the Romantics were interested in the spirit. In seeking to transcend the ordinary world, poets and painters explored the landscape of the human mind - with results that were decades ahead of the scientific researchers.

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features interviews with leading authors and investigations into the popularity of ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features interviews with leading authors and investigations into the popularity of fiction genres like crime, sex and romance and fantasy. Tonight Jennifer and guests explore the world of animals in books. From the furry friends of childhood with their joyful ways - and sometimes improving morals - to the four-legged metaphors which roam unchecked and untamed through adult literature. What is it about animals that manages to grab such a firm grip on our hearts and minds and never lets go?

More than 25 years ago as a young, debut author Jeanette Winterson seized the limelight - and Britain's major first novel award - with Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, a ...

More than 25 years ago as a young, debut author Jeanette Winterson seized the limelight - and Britain's major first novel award - with Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, a scarifying but also comic story of a girl adopted by a strict, working-class Pentecostal Christian couple in England's industrial north. Some 18 books and - for the author - half a lifetime later, comes the non-fiction version of that same truly bizarre childhood plus, what happened next. It's called Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

This month on The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne and panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by guests Toni Jordan and Andy Griffiths. The two books being ...

This month on The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne and panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by guests Toni Jordan and Andy Griffiths. The two books being reviewed are The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

BBC presenter Alan Yentob embarks on a journey through the heart of Russia, on the trail of the life story of Leo Tolstoy. With contributions from literary critics, experts ...

BBC presenter Alan Yentob embarks on a journey through the heart of Russia, on the trail of the life story of Leo Tolstoy. With contributions from literary critics, experts and ordinary Russians, together with readings from his diaries and novels, Yentob reveals an ambiguous and flawed non-conformist, deeply self absorbed, but yet who remains a writer and theorist of unsurpassed genius.

Don't miss the last Book Club of the year! John Birmingham and Lucy Turnbull join the Club to discuss Robert Galbraith's new release The Cuckoo's Calling, as well as Hunter S ...

Don't miss the last Book Club of the year! John Birmingham and Lucy Turnbull join the Club to discuss Robert Galbraith's new release The Cuckoo's Calling, as well as Hunter S Thompson's classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Actor and novelist Brendan Cowell, journalist, media presenter and former newsreader Tracey Spicer, author and poet Craig Sherborne and academic and Indigenous rights activist ...

Actor and novelist Brendan Cowell, journalist, media presenter and former newsreader Tracey Spicer, author and poet Craig Sherborne and academic and Indigenous rights activist Larissa Behrendt join Jennifer to discuss the role of Wrath in literature and art.

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 ...

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.

The panel will discuss Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's The Discreet Hero, which follows two characters whose lives are destined to intersect. The classic for ...

The panel will discuss Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's The Discreet Hero, which follows two characters whose lives are destined to intersect. The classic for discussion this month has been chosen by Alan Cumming and is volume one of Enid Blyton's The Famous Five series - Five on a Treasure Island.

Morgan Freeman investigates The Taming of the Shrew. He talks with Tracey Ullman, who starred with him a 1990 Shakespeare in the Park production that set the story in the Old ...

Morgan Freeman investigates The Taming of the Shrew. He talks with Tracey Ullman, who starred with him a 1990 Shakespeare in the Park production that set the story in the Old West; and also talks with Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.

Jennifer Byrne speaks to writer, novelist and journalist Helen Garner in a very rare television interview. Garner discusses her new book This House of Grief and previous works ...

Jennifer Byrne speaks to writer, novelist and journalist Helen Garner in a very rare television interview. Garner discusses her new book This House of Grief and previous works as well as compassion and wisdom.

Coming to you from Melbourne Writers Festival with guests Will Self and Jon Ronson discussing new release Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish plus Roz Chast's ...

Coming to you from Melbourne Writers Festival with guests Will Self and Jon Ronson discussing new release Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish plus Roz Chast's classic Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant.

Joseph Fiennes examines Romeo and Juliet and its many permutations, including Royal Ballet productions; West Side Story and other musicals; and Baz Luhrmann's cinematic ...

Joseph Fiennes examines Romeo and Juliet and its many permutations, including Royal Ballet productions; West Side Story and other musicals; and Baz Luhrmann's cinematic re-imagining of the play. Included: remarks from Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Stephen Sondheim.

A look at Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall, who has twice played Cleopatra. She meets Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave, who have also starred as the ...

A look at Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall, who has twice played Cleopatra. She meets Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave, who have also starred as the Egyptian queen; and visits Rome in search of possible inspirations for the play.

What is Australia's favourite classic beach book? Find out as Jennifer Byrne counts down the Top 10 viewer-voted classic beach books of all time on The Book Club.

What is Australia's favourite classic beach book? Find out as Jennifer Byrne counts down the Top 10 viewer-voted classic beach books of all time on The Book Club.

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 ...

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.

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests, it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests, it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests William Boyd and Daphne Sheldrick.

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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