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Most widely held works by BBC Video (Firm)
Pride and prejudice, or, First impressions ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and held by 1,200 libraries worldwide
The story of the lively, precocious and very eligible Bennet girls captures all the nuances of 19th century life among the English gentry, a society obsessed with profitable marriage contracts.
Auschwitz inside the Nazi state ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,175 libraries worldwide
"'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key ... moments, and their ... testimony"--Container label.
Emma ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 1,163 libraries worldwide
An adaptation of Jane Austen's novel about Emma Woodhouse, a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her relationship with Mr. Knightly.
Persuasion ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1971 and 2004 in English and held by 1,137 libraries worldwide
When Anne Elliot turned down Captain Wentworth's proposal of marriage, she allowed herself to be persuaded by her snobbish family's conviction of his unworthiness. But now, after a separation of eight years, Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth are to meet again and the tables have turned. Her former lover's fortunes have prospered and he is now returned from a career at sea both eligible and affluent. Anne's father, Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall, has been forced to lease their home and move the family into a rather small abode in Bath. Just as Anne now recognizes the false values that persuaded her to reject Captain Wentworth, so she must accept that his heart now seems set upon the youth and beauty of the impetuous Louisa Musgrove.
Cranford ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,136 libraries worldwide
Cranford, in 1842, is a market town in northwest England. It is a place governed by etiquette, custom and above all, an intricate network of ladies. It seems that life has always been conducted according to their social rules. For spinsters Deborah Jenkyns, the arbiter of correctness, and Matty, her demurring sister, the town is a hub of intrigue. Handsome new doctor Frank Harrison has arrived from London; a retired Captain and his daughters move in across the street and preparations for Lady Ludlow's garden party are underway. The town has some secrets which are about to be revealed. But news comes that shakes the town: a railway line from Manchester is coming to Cranford.
Simon Schama's Power of art ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,091 libraries worldwide
Focusing on eight iconic works of art, this series reveals the history of visual imagination through the ages. A combination of reconstruction, photography and storytelling transport the viewer back to the intense moments when great works were conceived and born: the murderous, messianic world of Baroque Rome; opulent, parvenu Amsterdam; paranoid, revolutionary Paris; Victorian England suffocating beneath riches and righteousness; the madhouses and brothels of Provence; the carnage of civil war Spain; 1950s New York, caught between Cold War jitters and Manhattan glitter. In each place, a great artist is backed into a corner, facing a crisis, given a chance to confound his rivals, enemies and critics one more time.
Bleak House ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,032 libraries worldwide
Out of an interminable court case spin three young people each searching for their place in the world. Their story moves fast, swirling through an incredible array of characters from passionate young lovers to ruthless lawyers, from an ice-cold aristocratic beauty to a shrewd relentless detective, until the final thrilling climax.
Sister Wendy's story of painting ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 1,014 libraries worldwide
Sister Wendy Beckett travels throughout the world to explore paintings from cave drawings, through the Renaissance, and all the way to New Yorks's Soho scene.
Middlemarch ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 1,005 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.
How art made the world ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,002 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.
Mansfield Park ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 983 libraries worldwide
Fanny is an impoverished young woman, snubbed by society, who earns the respect and love of her cousin in this BBC mini-series adaptation of the Jane Austen classic set in 19th century England.
A room with a view ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 969 libraries worldwide
Set in the early 1900's. "[The film] tells the story of the coming of age of Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter). Longing to burst free from the repression of British upper class manners and mores, she must wrestle with her inner romantic longings to choose between the passionate George (Julian Sands) and the priggish but socially suitable Cecil (Daniel Day-Lewis)"--Container.
Sense & sensibility ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 966 libraries worldwide
Sense and sensibility: Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby, ignoring her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?
The life of mammals ( Visual )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 953 libraries worldwide
Introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on this planet. From the smallest to the largest, from the slowest to the fastest, from the least attractive to the most irresistible. Looks at 4,000 species, including ones that have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on Earth. Examine how their adaptations for finding food have had an effect on the way they socialize, mate and live.
Wives and daughters ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and Russian and held by 918 libraries worldwide
Sweet Molly Gibson was living life pleasantly when her widowed father decides that, for the good of his daughter, he must remarry. In comes Claire and Molly's life is turned upside down by the usually well meaning but off-the-mark Claire, who insists on things being done the proper way. Added to the stew is Claire's beautiful, educated daughter Cynthia, and the Hamleys, a well-to-do family headed by a squire who is not happy about the romantic interests of his sons.
Our mutual friend ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 916 libraries worldwide
A tale of two turbulent love affairs plays out amidst a tangled web of wealth, corruption, passion and betrayal in 1860s London.
The blue planet seas of life ( Visual )
13 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 907 libraries worldwide
Startling wildlife photography reveals the sea and its communities at their most fearsome and alluring in this landmark BBC mini-series on the ocean, a world we know less about than the moon.
Jane Eyre ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in English and held by 870 libraries worldwide
Charlotte Bronte's story of an orphan who grows up to become governess of a mansion, and who carries a tormented love for a man named Mr. Rochester.
Walking with dinosaurs ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 868 libraries worldwide
Examines the 155-million-year history of dinosaurs from the aggressive Coelophysis, who first learned to hunt in packs, to Tyrannosaurus Rex, the most terrifying carnivore on the planet. Covers the Late Triassic, Late Jurassic, Early Cretaceous, and Late Cretaceous periods.
Oliver Twist ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 752 libraries worldwide
Born into a miserable workhouse orphanage, Oliver eventually flees to London, where the cheerful Artful Dodger immediately befriends him and introduces him to the villainous Fagin and his gang of thieves. Temporarily rescued from the prospect of a life of crime by the kindly Mr. Brownlow, Oliver finds himself pursued by savage thief Bill Sikes and the enigmatic Monks.
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