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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.

This upcoming week will feature a couple of unique retellings of classic works of literature.

Trishna (Monday 26th October, 00:00am, BBC2) is a retelling of Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles set in modern India.

From the BBC:

Trishna is a young woman living in a small village in Rajastan. When her father is incapacitated by a road accident, her family look to her to become the main breadwinner. In steps Jay, the son of a rich entrepreneur who, smitten with Trishna’s beauty, decides to help her and give her a job at one of his father’s hotels. Here, Jay starts to restlessly pursue Trishna’s affections, but are his intentions as pure as they seem?


Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (Tuesday 27th October, 1:10AM, Channel4)

From Channel4:

(2013) Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone star in this hit Bollywood reworking of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, set in a Gujarati village where two families have feuded for 500 years. In Hindi/ subs.

These films could be of use to HE English tutors looking to show how Shakespeare’s works feature universal themes, as well as considering the nature of adaptation – which elements of plot truly make a story recognisable?


There is also a special edition of imagine… looking at the legacy and presentation of Shylock across performances of The Merchant of Venice. imagine…Shylock’s Ghost  airs on Tuesday 27th October at 10:35pm on BBC2.

From the BBC:

Alan Yentob travels to the ghetto in Venice with award-winning novelist Howard Jacobson as he embarks on a retelling of Shakespeare’s most performed play, The Merchant of Venice. Through a series of lively – often fiery – interviews, they examine the charge of anti-Semitism against Shakespeare, whose character Shylock remains one of the most odious and divisive fictional Jews in history.

How did the moneylender from Venice become such a useful propaganda tool in Nazi Germany? And how much of a liberty will Jacobson be taking when he uproots the action to modern-day Alderley Edge, and audaciously reinterprets the infamous ‘pound of flesh’?

Interviewees include Antony Sher, Anthony Julius and Stephen Greenblatt.


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