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As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

This week across the BBC Radio services a number of programmes relating to Shakespeare will be broadcast as a part of the BBC’s Shakespeare Festival. Whilst adaptations have an immediately obvious use for the classroom, some of the programming may also make a great conversation starter for a seminar group about context, themes and issues.


Drama on 3: The Winter’s Tale (9pm, Sunday 1st May, BBC Radio 3)

From the BBC:

Eve Best, Danny Sapani and Shaun Dooley star in the magical product of the Bard’s later years. Treading new dramatic ground The Winter’s Tale embraces tragedy, poetry, folklore, magic realism, music, comedy and the infamous stage direction “exit pursued by a bear”.


Shakespeare: Love Across the Racial Divide (1:45pm, Monday – Friday, BBC Radio 4)

A series of programmes in which Yasmin Alibhai-Brown will look at race and relationships in five of Shakespeare’s plays.


Titus Andronicus

The Merchant of Venice

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Anthony and Cleopatra


Julius Caesar (2:15pm, Tuesday – Thursday, BBC Radio 4)

A new production of the play, broadcast across three afternoons, as a part of the BBC’s Shakespeare Festival.

Available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b078y4td


Shakespeare in India (11:30am, Thursday 5th May, BBC Radio 4)

From the BBC:

Nikki Bedi goes in search of Shakespeare in modern India and finds him remarkably relevant in the world’s largest democracy. She finds his work translates everywhere from Bollywood to the slums of Mumbai, where young Indian practitioners are taking the plays and making them relevant and fresh for 21st century Indian society


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