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Most widely held works by British Broadcasting Corporation
Sense and sensibility by Ang Lee( Visual )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of two sisters attempting to find happiness in the tightly structured society of 19th century England. Elinor, disciplined, restrained and very conscious of the manners of the day, represents sense. Outspoken, impetuous, emotional Marianne represents sensibility. Attracted to a man already promised to another, Elinor suffers silently to keep scandal away from her family. Marianne enjoys a flirtation with a handsome scoundrel that could lead to her downfall. Through their experiences with men and their relationship with each other, they learn that neither sense nor sensibility alone is enough, but that one must strive for a balance of the two
Planet Earth : the complete series by David Attenborough( Visual )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Captures rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, [the program] takes you to places you've never been to experience sights and sounds never before captured on film. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of 'Planet Earth'"--Container
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

61 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 2,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This production of Shakespeare's masterpiece from Britain's renowned Royal Shakespeare Company was filmed on location rather than in the theatre. No recent stage production in Britain has attracted the excitement and nearly unanimous critical praise as this Hamlet. Dynamic, exciting, and contemporary, it breathes new life into Shakespeare's greatest play
Bleak House by Charles Dickens( Visual )

11 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 2,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the court of Chancery, the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case grinds on for years with no end in sight. Entangled in the lawsuit are a growing number of innocent victims: Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs; Esther Summerson, a child with mysterious parentage; and even Jo, the destitute little crossing-sweeper. As the case staggers onward, yet more people become embroiled in the furious legal battle, including the proud Lady Dedlock, who finds herself persecuted by the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn, then hunted by the determined Inspector Bucket, one of the first detectives to appear in English literature. A savage, but often comic, indictment of a society that is rotten to the core ..."--Container
A performance of Macbeth by William Shakespeare( Visual )

48 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and Hebrew and held by 1,999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptation of the stage production which relocates the action to a nameless 20th-century underground facility, offering a parable of the quest for power in the modern world
The Lion, the witch & the wardrobe by C. S Lewis( Visual )

33 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 1,678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two brothers and two sisters cross through an enchanted wardrobe closet into the magical world of Narnia, the land of talking animals and mythical creatures. They discover that Narnia is under the evil power of the White Witch, who brings eternal winter to the land. It is up to the children to join the noble Aslan to bring springtime and happiness back to Narnia
The Mission by Roland Joffé( Visual )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 1,671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An epic about a man of the sword and a man of the cloth who unite to shield the Guarani South American Indian tribe from brutal subjugation by 18th-century colonial empires
Great expectations by Charles Dickens( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the gloom of a country graveyard, a young boy encounters an escaped convict, a chance meeting that years later leads the boy to tragedy, mystery and wealth
I, Claudius by Robert Graves( Visual )

30 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatization of Robert Graves' version of the times of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Claudius told through the dying Claudius as he sets down the history of his family. Disc 1. (episodes 1-3) A touch of murder ; Family affairs ; Waiting in the wings -- disc 2. (episodes 4-6) What shall we do about Claudius? ; Poison is queen ; Some justice -- disc 3. (episodes 7-9) Queen of heaven ; Reign of terror ; Zeus, by Jove! -- disc 4. (episodes 10-12) Hail who? ; Fool's luck ; A god in Colchester. -- disc 5. (episode 13 & bonus documentary) Old king log ; The epic that never was. Based on the novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves./ Disc 5 includes a 1965 documentary that reveals the behind the scenes of Alexander Korda's 1937 unfinished film of I, Claudius, The Epic that never was / British Broadcasting Corporation ; writer-producer, Bill Duncalf./ Videodisc release of 1976 BBC Television series originally shown in 13 parts from November 6, 1977 through January 29, 1978./ Participants: Derek Jacobi (Claudius), Sian Phillips (Livia), Brian Blessed (Augustus), Margaret Tyzack (Antonia), John Hurt (Caligula), George Baker (Tiberius), Patrick Stewart (Sejanus), Stratford Johns (Piso), Sheila White (Messalina), Ian Ogilvy, Frances White, Kevin McNally, Patricia Quinn, David Robb, Fiona Walker, John Castle, James Faulkner, John Rhys-Davies, Beth Morris, Bernard Hepton, John Cater, Christopher Biggins
The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare( Visual )

39 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The marriage of two strong-minded people provides the spark for a comic confrontation between the sexes: The "shrew," Katharina, is so ill-tempered she seems unlikely to find a husband. Her father refuses to let her younger sister marry until Katherina is off his hands. Petruchio appears, marries Katharina, and "tames" her so well that he wins a bet with two other men on a test of their wives' obedience
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( Visual )

51 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in English and held by 1,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shylock loans money to a man he despises, the merchant Antonio, only if a pound of Antonio's flesh will be due, in a court of law, upon default. Antonio borrows the money so that his friend Bessanio can travel to woo the woman he loves, Portia, whose freedom to marry is bound up in a fairy-tale decree of her father's
The chronicles of Narnia by C. S Lewis( Visual )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disc 1: Two brothers and two sisters find that an old wardrobe magically transports them into the world of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. They discover that Narnia is under the evil power of the White Witch, who has kept the land in eternal winter and has turned all her enemies to stone. Disc 2: Narnia is later ruled by corrupt King Miraz, and his nephew calls upon the children to help defeat his uncle and restore the land to its former glory. Years later, two of the children are sent back to assist the nephew on a voyage. Disc 3: After many years, a return visit to Narnia finds King Caspian old and frail, and the children embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands of giants and witches to find the vanished Prince Rilian and bring him home
Middlemarch by George Eliot( Visual )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 1,375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on George Eliot's novel, Middlemarch is set in early nineteenth century England and charts the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the town as it divides its population into two opposing factions: the conservatives and the liberals
Oedipus the King by Sophocles( Visual )

56 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A unique adaptation of the play by Sophocles
Ballet shoes by Sandra Goldbacher( Visual )

4 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in English and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retells the classic story, set in 1935, about three orphaned and adopted stepsisters who are determined to achieve fame. When a boarder in their house helps them enroll in dancing school, they are on their way to achieving their individual ambitions
Auschwitz : inside the Nazi state( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This PBS-aired BBC mini-series tells the story of the Naziś Auschwitz death camp. Over 100 eyewitnesses, including Nazi perpetrators speaking for the first time, detail the crimes. New research informs computer reconstructions of the camp
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Anne Collins( Visual )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ep. 1. Precious Ramotswe starts her dream business, a ladies detective agency in Botswana, with proceeds from the sale of 180 cows her father left her. She is helped by her highly-strung but efficient secretary -- ep. 2. The cheerful and wise Precious Ramotswe uses her detective skills to investigate a Nigerian dentist's suspicious mood swings and look into an absconding apostolic -- ep. 3. Precious visits an orphanage where a young woman tells her she is worried about her father who has become unusually fearful, and a wealthy landowner asks her to investigate a family poisoning
The silver chair by C. S Lewis( Visual )

31 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When old King Caspian's only son and heir Prince Rilian disappears, Aslan calls on Eustace and Jill to search for the lost Prince. On their quest the children meet up with Puddleglum, a marshwiggle, and their search leads them underground, where they must face the Green Witch - the Queen of the Deep Realm
Tinker tailor soldier spy by John Le Carré( Visual )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No doubt remains, a mole has infiltrated the Circus, code name for the British Secret Intelligence Service. It can only be one of four men operating at the very highest level. Sidelined agent George Smiley is covertly tapped to root out the mole, a task that requires a painstaking dig through the double-blind world of Cold War espionage and his own past"--Container
How art made the world by Mark Hedgecoe( Visual )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals how the first big artistic discoveries were made and how they have cascaded down the centuries to define the look of the present day. Encompassing everything from cave paints to ceramics and pyramids to palaces, this film explores the global trend for unrealistic depictions of the human body; the secret powers of the feature film; how politicians manage to manipulate people so easily; visions of the afterlife; and why we use imagery at all
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