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Blood Brothers in Context

Blood Brothers in Context

Literary Contexts

Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’ chronicles the social circumstances that lead two brothers to tragedy. Although set in the 1960s and 70s, the musical reflects the social issues and attitudes of the time the play was written in the early...Show More
The History Boys in Context

The History Boys in Context

Literary Contexts

Alan Bennett’s 'The History Boys' is set in 1983, a time when England was rife with class conflict and political reform. This video examines the events and tensions that inform Bennett’s play, from the changing roles of teachers to the social...Show More
Billy Elliot in Context

Billy Elliot in Context

Literary Contexts

England in the mid-80s was a time of widespread industrial action and social unrest. Striking miners picketed for their jobs, while the gay community fought for their rights. This video explores the historical events and changing social attitudes...Show More
Sentence Structure

Sentence Structure

Life Sentence

This video explores the basic concept of sentence structure. Gil T. Mann is very close to learning the result of his court trial. The sentence structures contained in his written statement will determine whether he is found guilty, or just plain...Show More
Verbs: Tense & Number Agreement

Verbs: Tense & Number Agreement

Life Sentence

Learners can struggle with conjugation and tense agreement. It all sounds like utter linguistic jargon to Gil T. Mann. But these are actually core grammar concepts we use every day when writing English. Gil quickly learns the importance of...Show More
Punctuation

Punctuation

Life Sentence

This video explores basic grammar questions for learners: When should you use a comma? How do you use quotation marks in your writing to show someone else is speaking? And what on earth is the difference between a colon and a semi-colon, anyway?!...Show More
May Your Pen Grace the Page

May Your Pen Grace the Page

Poems by Luka Lesson

'May Your Pen Grace the Page', written and performed by Luka Lesson. May your pen grace the page at the same pace as your brain May your grey matter From now on No longer be grey May you mean every word that you say And may writing your lines Be...Show More
Dramatic Techniques

Dramatic Techniques

The Tempest

'The Tempest', not only Shakespeare’s final play, also his shortest, unfolds before the audience in real time. This video explores a range of dramatic techniques employed, including its structure based around the three unities, exposition,...Show More
Prospero and Caliban

Prospero and Caliban

The Tempest

Two key characters in 'The Tempest' are Prospero and Caliban. This video explores the relationship between the dominating, magical ruler of the island and his slave, who is dismissed by some as a monster. But both are very complex and conflicted...Show More
Theme of Power

Theme of Power

The Tempest

Power is a theme Shakespeare visits throughout 'The Tempest'. This video probes that theme – including Prospero’s supernatural powers and yearning to resume his dukedom, Antonio’s power base in Milan, the murder plot to make Sebastian king...Show More
Context and Background

Context and Background

The Tempest

Shakespeare was at the height of his success when he wrote The Tempest. This video reveals aspects of the playwright’s life and times that influenced the work, including the ‘discovery’ of new worlds by colonial powers. It also examines the...Show More
Austen's Writing Style

Austen's Writing Style

Pride and Prejudice

A big reason why Pride and Prejudice is considered such an outstanding literary work revolves around the writing style and literary techniques employed by Jane Austen. This programme examines various techniques including her comprehensive use of...Show More
Characters

Characters

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen created a fascinating and engaging range of characters in Pride and Prejudice. This video analyses the character and function of the story’s witty, high-spirited heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, her interactions with the other characters...Show More
Themes of Pride and Wealth

Themes of Pride and Wealth

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice carries a number of themes that are just as prevalent in our lives today as they were in Regency era England. This video explores some of those themes, including pride, love, wealth and prejudice, and how they...Show More
Jane Austen's World

Jane Austen's World

Pride and Prejudice

When Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice, women authors were frowned upon. So what inspired her to create such a timeless literary masterpiece? This programme explores Austen’s life and the context in which she wrote about social complexities...Show More
Merchant of Venice: Characters

Merchant of Venice: Characters

This Is Shakespeare!

Dubious casting? Methinks not… Portia the witty chameleon, her suitor Bassanio who’s indebted to his besty Antonio, the merchant and debtor of Shylock who is…well…played by the director who’s out to upstage his brother Trevor – what...Show More
Merchant of Venice: Themes

Merchant of Venice: Themes

This Is Shakespeare!

Money, relationships, love, choices, race and isolation… The tangled webs woven in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice pale into insignificance compared with the director’s relationship with his brother Trevor, Bassanio’s personal...Show More
Merchant of Venice: Dramatic Techniques

Merchant of Venice: Dramatic Techniques

This Is Shakespeare!

Thanks to a winning scratch card, Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice will open tomorrow night. The director (aka Shylock) bounces back, Portia’s learnt her lines, Antonio’s new shirt is a hit, although Bassanio’s battling with his dating...Show More
Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Let Miss Regia give your students background and insight to Mary Shelley and her classic novel 'Frankenstein'. The video also takes a look at some of the classic and most famous adaptations of the novel to the screen.
Little Women

Little Women

Enrich learning and teaching with our entertaining and informative video full of insights and background on Louisa May Alcott's classic work 'Little Women'. The video includes a look at some of the most significant film adaptations of the novel,...Show More
Frankenstein and the Monster

Frankenstein and the Monster

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

When Victor Frankenstein created his monster he never named it, yet its complex personality and struggle for identity and acceptance provides a profound insight to the human condition. This clip examines the troubled relationship between...Show More
Writing Style

Writing Style

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley employs writing styles reflective of early 19th century literature. This clip explores a range of those styles, including using a series of letters to develop a narrative, structuring a narrative concentrically, and...Show More
The Pursuit of Knowledge

The Pursuit of Knowledge

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein delves into a range of themes, which were particularly popular among 19th century Romantics, and which have been perennial favourites of numerous writers since. This clip highlights some of those themes,...Show More
Context and Background

Context and Background

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Influenced and educated by her parents, Frankenstein’s author, Mary Shelley, grew up in a world of radical artists and writers. Her immortal novel explores various themes of early 19th century Romanticism. This clip looks at Mary Shelley’s...Show More
Shakespeare's Footprints

Shakespeare's Footprints

The Life and Times of Shakespeare

The world over, teachers hear the lament ‘why do we have to study Shakespeare?’ from their students. Here are the answers to that ubiquitous question! This densely packed and student-friendly programme includes well-known examples from his...Show More