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Alms for Oblivion

Synopsis
Television series, in six episodes, on the life and times of William Shakespeare. Writer John Mortimer based each episode around events in Shakespeare’s life to suggest how they influenced his writing. In Episode 2 Shakespeare has succeeded Marlowe as the playwright of the day.
Series
Will Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
20 Jun 1978 at 21:00 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
52 mins

Credits

Director
Mark Cullingham
Producer
Cecil Clarke; Peter Roden
Writer
John Mortimer
Music
Richard Hill
Costume
David Walker (2)
Art Direction
Michael Bailey
Contributor
Henry Graveney
Cast
Derek RoyleWilliam Kempe
John NormingtonAlex Cooke
Nicholas ClayEarl of Southampton
Paul FreemanDick Burbage
Roger Lloyd-PackJack Heminge
Ron CookJack Rice
Ronald HerdmanSam Crosse
Tim CurryWilliam Shakespeare

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
biographies; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Series released on 2-disc DVD December 2008 by A&E Home Video (Region 1 only) and in the UK by Network DVD in Feb 2009.

Production Company

Name

ATV

Name

RAI Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.
Name

Retail outlets

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