Most widely held works by John Shrapnel
The duchess ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1,568 libraries worldwide
Based on a true story it is, in its way, a horror story, this portrait of a dazzling young woman at the mercy of the misfortunes of love and the inequalities of the age in which she lived. Married off as an innocent 17-year-old to a much older man, his only interest in the match is her ability to produce a male heir. Installed within the gilded cage of marriage, she discovers he expresses more affection for his dogs than for her. When the first child is female, he takes a mistress and ignores her, until she finds true love--insisting on his lordly right to thwart her. Although she fights hard for her own piece of happiness, eventually, she has to make a choice many, many women will recognize.
King Lear by Jonathan Miller ( Visual )
23 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,516 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's plays in which tragedy occurs when an old king divides his kingdom between his daughters.
K-19 the widowmaker ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,074 libraries worldwide
Captain Vostrikov, a Russian naval officer has being given command of the Soviet Union's first nuclear submarine, K-19, at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The vessel's executive officer Captain Polenin asserts that the flagship is not yet ready for deployment. But, political pressure forces Vostrikov to sail his crew into the North Atlantic anyway, for a missile fire test that serves as a warning to the U.S. The test is a success, but a leak in the K-19's cooling system soon threatens the nuclear payload.
Timon of Athens ( Visual )
27 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,054 libraries worldwide
Details the transformation of a noble Athenian from a reckless spendthrift to a mad misanthrope.
Antigone ( Visual )
24 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 855 libraries worldwide
A unique adaptation of the play by Sophocles.
Mirrors ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 569 libraries worldwide
Attempting to pick up the shattered pieces of his life, a disgraced former cop takes a routine job guarding the charred ruins of a once-famous department store. But the terrifying images he sees in the store's ornate mirrors will send him on a pulse-pounding mission to unravel the secrets of the building's past...before they destroy his entire life.
Elizabeth R ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 566 libraries worldwide
"I may not be a lion, but I am a lion's cub, and I have a lion's heart!" said Elizabeth I. Elizabeth I, known as the Virgin Queen, was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and reigned as Queen of England from 1558-1603. This mini-series dramatizes her life from her ascension to the throne at age 25 to her death forty-four years later. Elizabeth refused to ever marry, exploiting her status as a tool in foreign policy, and using courtship as diplomacy, a theme explored at some length in this depiction. The drama brings to life her brilliant advisors, including William Cecil and Francis Walsingham, and great sailors Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh. Delves into the life of the monarch who made England into a world power, and whose time on the throne is now remembered as the "Elizabethan Age."
Midsomer murders. Set five ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 317 libraries worldwide
The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. The killings at Badger's Drift: The death of an elderly woman and the persistence of her lifelong friend draw Barnaby into a case that reveals the sordid side of this quaint village. Written in blood: Investigating the brutal murder of a Midsomer Worthy writer, Barnaby discovers that the victim had been living a fictitious life. Death of a hollow man: In Causton, Barnaby and his family take part in an amateur theatrical production of Amadeus that provides an abundance of real-life drama. Faithful unto death: When the wife of a wealthy local businessman disappears, Barnaby finds that Fawcett Green harbors a complex web of financial and romantic entanglements. Death in disguise: Barnaby needs all his wits about him as he investigates a string of deaths at a local New Age commune.
Dragons ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 266 libraries worldwide
Enter the kingdom of the dragon. Follow St. George into the dragon's lair. Travel to Egypt and the Far East to discover how dragons mean different things to the world's cultures.
Krakatoa ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 261 libraries worldwide
Using dramatic re-enactment and voicover narration, this program recounts the 1883 volcanic eruption on the Indonesian Island of Krakatoa, which killed 36,000 people.
The secrets of the Dead Sea scrolls ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 253 libraries worldwide
Discusses the Dead Sea scrolls, a combination of the oldest written version of the Bible and the rules of the Essene community. Talks about the discovery of the scrolls and about their restoration, and examines evidence that Qumran was the site of the Essene community.
Cuba the forgotten island ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 228 libraries worldwide
Government archival footage, interviews, and music from local artists portray the various faces of Cuba: the history of mobsters and revolutionaries, the history of Cuba's rhythm and dance, and the pre-revolutionary days when celebrities partied on the island.
C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 194 libraries worldwide
Joining the British Royal Navy at the outset of the Napoleonic Wars, the enterprising Horatio Hornblower rises quickly from raw recruit to seasoned sailor, charting a course from the West Indies to the coast of Africa in the name of the Crown. Along the way he encounters roiling sea battles, mutiny, plague, and love, but always proves himself equal to the task.
Creatures of the night ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 187 libraries worldwide
Creatures of the night dramatically recreates mythical tales of vampires, witches, ghosts and other monsters, such as Grendel. The film asks what might have given rise to these gruesome stories and ancient terrors that cannot be banished with the flick of a switch.
How to get ahead in advertising ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 170 libraries worldwide
A burned-out young advertising executive experiences crisis when a mysterious giant pimple on his neck starts making career decisions for him.
Death is now my neighbour ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 170 libraries worldwide
"Murder strikes in an Oxfordshire village at 17 Bloxham Drive. Exactly 24 hours later, while a policeman patrols outside, the resident at Number 15 is shot dead by the same gun. Investigators begin to unearth links between the neighbours of the modern estate. The murders also take Morse and Lewis into the hothouse atmosphere of the election for Master of Lonsdale College, over which the smooth and odious retiring master, Sir Clixby Bream, presides."--Container.
The divine comedy by Dante Alighieri ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 168 libraries worldwide
Dante's vision, The divine comedy, has profoundly affected every generation since it first appeared in the early 14th century. The box set contains the trilogy of The Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise, plus a biography of Dante, A life of Dante, which puts the very personal nature of his poetry into perspective.
Werewolf ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 168 libraries worldwide
Tales of human beings who can transform themselves into wolves and other animals have been told since ancient times. Werewolf re-enacts a number of such stories from the European Middle Ages to present day India.
Johann Sebastian Bach by Jeremy Siepmann ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 166 libraries worldwide
Although now beloved and revered by millions as the greatest composer who ever lived, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was best known in his lifetime as an organist, and was eclipsed in fame as a composer by two of his 20 children. For the last 27 years of his life he was a schoolteacher and choir director whose duties extended to meal supervision and dormitory inspection. Yet throughout his career he composed a vast body of music, which is amongst the most joyful, dancing and enrapturing ever written. This portrait-in-sound includes many examples of the music that made him immortal.
Aliens ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 153 libraries worldwide
Alliens searches for the truth behing the fantastic stories to discover if ET is really out there.
Action and adventure films Action and adventure films Adultery Animals, Mythical Antigone (Greek mythology) Biographical films Closed captioning Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer Cavendish,--Duchess of,--1757-1806 Drama Elizabeth--I,--Queen of England,--1533-1603 England Fathers and daughters Feature films Feature films Film adaptations Films for the hearing impaired Foreman, Amanda,--1968- Great Britain Greek drama (Tragedy) Historical films Historical television programs History Horror films Kings and rulers Lear, King (Legendary character) Man-woman relationships Married women Mirrors Murder Navies--Officers Nobility Nuclear submarines Police, Private Psychiatric hospitals Queens Scandals Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616 Soviet Union.--Voenno-Morskoĭ Flot Televised performances Television adaptations Television adaptations Television mini-series Television mini-series Television plays Television programs Thrillers (Motion pictures) Timon of Athens (Legendary character) Triangles (Interpersonal relations) United States Video recordings--for the hearing impaired
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