- Ambitious two-part televised adaptation of the play produced by George More O’Ferrall, with John Byron as Hamlet.
- Great Britain
- Transmission details
- 7 Dec 1947 at 20:30 (Channel: BBC)
- 180 mins
- George More O’Ferrall
- Basil Adams; George More O’Ferrall
- William Shakespeare
- Art Direction
- Peter Bax
- Production type
- Television and Radio Drama
- Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles
- Related items
- Hamlet’s ‘inky cloak’ had to be dark green instead of black because of the technical requirements of early television.
- According to Michael Barry ("Shakespeare on TV, " BBC Quarterly 9.3 : 146), this production influenced Olivier’s Hamlet, released in 1948.
- Live broadcast from Alexandra Palace, London. The production was televised in two parts. The second part was shown on 14 December 1947 from 20:30 until 22:10. Each part was ‘repeated’ live two days later.
- Silver Medal awarded for artistic achievement by the British Royal Television Society in 1948.
- A collection of opinions of critics and viewers ("Do You Agree?") was published in Radio Times, December 26, 1947.
Kenneth Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990), entry 97, pp. 60-61.
- The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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