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To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in April 2016, the BBC has  launched the BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource to provide schools, colleges and universities across the UK with online access to its rich and diverse archive of television and radio broadcasts of Shakespeare’s plays, poems, sonnets and programmes about Shakespeare.  This will include about 500 radio and television programmes made since the 1950’s, consisting of performances, adaptations, and interviews with key Shakespearean actors.



Anything broadcast since 1989 (the year the ERA Licence was launched) will be made available to educational establishments making use of either the BUFVC’s BoB service or Planet eStream’s software platform for broadcast resources.  Programmes broadcast prior to 1989 have all been cleared for educational use and will be available via the services already mentioned, but also, from November 2015, via a  BBC-branded website at http://shakespeare.ch.bbc.co.uk/. This will only be available to teachers or students in the UK and will require users to authenticate with appropriate academic credentials.

Highlights will include:

The earliest British televised production of Othello from 1955
The first televised adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, Henry V
Productions in Welsh, including the Animated Shakespeare series
An Age of Kings, the 15 part BBC series of Shakespeare’s history plays.


Hilary Bishop, BBC Project Director for the Research and Education Space (RES) says:

“This collaboration builds on the work of the Research and Education Space (RES), a partnership between Jisc, the BUFVC and the BBC that aims to make the UK’s publicly-held archive collections digitally available to UK students, teachers and researchers.”

The full press release is available on the BBC Media Centre site at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/shakespeare#heading-digital-highlights