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William Holds the Stage

Synopsis
Children’s television four-part series based on the novels of Richmal Crompton. Tomboy Dorinda has moved into the village, and William seems to approve of this rat-catching, frog-stuffing girl. The impending Wellbecker Shield for Shakespearean Acting competition seems the perfect opportunity to impress her, but when Dalrymple gets the part of Hamlet, William and his faithful Outlaws are spurred into action. Includes several comic scenes of William at home trying tounderstand the plot and learning his lines, and later in the school rehearsal room delivering his idiosyncratic version of the ‘To Be, or not to be’ soliloquy. Havoc reigns on the night of the performance. Narrated by Martin Jarvis.
Series
Just William (2010)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
31 Dec 2010 at 12:25 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Director
Paul Seed
Producer
John Chapman
Cinematographer
Erik Wilson
Writer
Richmal Crompton
Music
Stephen Warbeck
Production Design
Sarah Pasquali
Contributor
Martin Jarvis
Adaptor for Television
Simon Nye
Cast
Daniel RocheWilliam Brown (Hamlet)
Daniel RyanMr Brown
Denis LawsonHeadmaster
John SessionsMr Wellbecker
Lottie BellDorinda
Rebecca FrontMrs Brown

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
children’s drama; children’s television; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); School productions

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

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