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Historical Context of Macbeth

Shakespeare in Conversation: Macbeth

Like all works of literature, ‘Macbeth’ is a reflection of the time in which it was written. This video discusses the historical context of the play, including the ascension of James I, the Globe Theatre and how audiences would have responded...Show More

Scenes from a Marriage: Power Play

Shakespeare in Conversation: Macbeth

A central component of the ‘Scottish Play’ is the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. This video explores the shifting nature of their relationship across four key scenes: Act 1, Scene 5; Act 2, Scene 2; Act 2, Scene 3 and Act 3,...Show More

The Queen, My Lord, Is Dead: The Relationship's Demise

Shakespeare in Conversation: Macbeth

A central component of the ‘Scottish Play’ is the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. This video explores the nature and deterioration of their relationship in two key scenes: Act 3, Scene 4 and Act 5, Scene 5. Valuable insights...Show More

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth: A Scene Study

Shakespeare in Conversation: Macbeth

At the heart of the ‘Scottish Play’ are the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and their relationship. This video discusses one of their key scenes - Act 1, Scene 7 – explaining the meaning of the scene and discussing the language used...Show More

Why Study Macbeth?

Shakespeare in Conversation: Macbeth

Over 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, his plays continue to be studied, discussed and performed around the world. This video delves into the literary devices used in ‘Macbeth’ and its major themes, explaining how they contribute to the...Show More
Rear Window in Context

Rear Window in Context

Literary Contexts

The 1930s and ‘40s saw a wave of European film directors emigrate to the US. In the same period, anti-communist hysteria due to Cold War tensions swept across the US and paranoia became commonplace. This video delves into the historical context...Show More
Fahrenheit 451 in Context

Fahrenheit 451 in Context

Literary Contexts

During and after the Second World War, political and nationalistic sentiments saw the burning and removal of books as part of reality. Post-WWII, economic prosperity in the US saw print media give way to new technologies and trends. This video...Show More
1984 in Context

1984 in Context

Literary Contexts

The period leading up to and following World War II saw both communist and fascist leaders rise to power in Europe. Economic depression and the propaganda prevalent during WWII shaped perspectives on life in Britain during the Cold War period....Show More
Jane Eyre in Context

Jane Eyre in Context

Literary Contexts

The lives of women in Victorian Britain were marked by limited opportunities and strict expectations regarding their behaviour. Poor understanding of mental illness and strong beliefs surrounding religious morality influenced society’s...Show More
The Sign of Four in Context

The Sign of Four in Context

Literary Contexts

Police approaches towards the investigation of crimes changed greatly in the 19th century. In London, there was an explosion in the number of detectives and true crime stories experienced a surge in popularity. This programme delves into the...Show More
A Christmas Carol in Context

A Christmas Carol in Context

Literary Contexts

Victorian England was heavily shaped by the Industrial Revolution. While some prospered in this society, many others lived gruelling industrial lives from which Christmas offered only a brief reprieve. This programme explores the influences on...Show More
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in Context

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in Context

Literary Contexts

The 19th century was a time of shifting morals, behaviours and beliefs. People led secret double lives, leading authors and scientists alike to become fascinated with human psychology. This programme investigates the inspiration behind and Gothic...Show More
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