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Barber, Frances 1958-

Works: 152 works in 390 publications in 2 languages and 8,489 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Television adaptations  Domestic fiction  Film adaptations  Television series  Detective and mystery television programs  Action and adventure television programs  Biographical films  Comedy films 
Roles: Actor, Narrator, Performer, Author, Other
Classifications: PR4034, 791.4572
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Frances Barber
Twelfth night, or, What you will by William Shakespeare( Visual )

20 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 1,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a shipwreck, twin siblings Viola and Sebastian wash up on the shores of Illyria. Viola, disguised as a man named Cesario, takes up service with the Duke Orsino, who is madly in love with the Lady Olivia. But Olivia is in mourning over her brother's death, so Orsino sends Cesario over as an emissary of love, except that Olivia falls for Viola!
King Lear by William Shakespeare( Visual )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proposing to divide his vast kingdom amongst his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cornelia, Lear devises a test for his offspring to convince him of their suitability and compassion for rule. Goneril and Regan's true colors emerge, they uncover a vast conspiracy of greed and cruelty within the once loyal dynasty
William Shakespeare's The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare( Recording )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Padua holds many suitors for the hand of fair Bianca, but Bianca may not be married until her spinster sister Kate is wed. Could any man be rash enough to take Kate on?"--Container
The ice house( Visual )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten years ago, Phoebe Maybury's hateful husband David disappeared from Streech Grange. Now, a naked, unidentifiable corpse has been discovered in the icehouse on the Grange and Inspectors Walsh and McLoughlin have to decide whose it is, whether he was murdered; and who killed him
Behaving badly( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar winner Judi Dench stars in this darkly humorous drama about a meek, middle-aged divorcee who suddenly begins to behave in ways that shock her ex and her grown daughter. Extras include biographies of star Judi Dench and writer Catherine Heath
Midsomer murders( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham. Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby has policed the murderous county for decades, and now he is ready to retire. In these four episodes Barnaby investigates his final cases before leaving the denizens of MIdsomer in the capable hands of his cousin, DCI John Barnaby and his partner, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Master Class: Competition over a prestigious music class unearths a long-kept secret. The Noble Art: A reenactment of a championship boxing match turns deadly. Not in My Back Yard: A clash over property development leads to a string of murders. Fit for Murder: The Barnabys' spa weekend is interrupted by a gruesome discovery
Prick up your ears by Stephen Frears( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicts the true-life events leading to the murder/suicide that ended the lives of playwright Joe Orton and his lover, Ken Halliwell
Jim Henson's The storyteller the definitive collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A storyteller accompanied by a talking dog serves as host and narrator for these adaptations of classic children's stories. Jim Henson's Creature Shop provides special effects, animation, puppetry, and makeup to bring unique qualities to this dual-themed fantasy series. Disc 1 is hosted by John Hurt as the Storyteller and features European folklore; disc 2 is hosted by Michael Gambon as a grave-robbing Athenian version of the Storyteller with tales from Greek mythology
A Zed & two noughts by Peter Greenaway( Visual )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in English and German and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oliver Deuce, a successful doctor, is shattered when his wife is killed in a freak car accident involving the car being driven by Alba Bewick colliding with a very large rare bird. His twin brother Oswald is researching how carcasses decay at the local zoo. Alba survives the accident although she loses one leg, and her sinister physician eventually removes the other because it looked so sad all alone. Oswald and Oliver become involved with Alba, and uncover dubious trafficking in zoo property. But ultimately, their only goal is to try and understand their mortal condition
Trial & retribution( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the bitter internal rivalries among police investigators, the political pressures of high-profile cases, and the legal maneuverings of defense attorneys and prosecutors. Police probe an abandoned house concealing multiple murders, a dysfunctional family with a deeply troubled musical prodigy, the mysterious disappearance of a well-connected woman, and a shadowy sex club for London's elite
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen( Recording )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy relations at Mansfield Park she seems shy and withdrawn beside her witty and vivacious cousins. But Fanny's steadfast and purposeful character makes her an indispensable part of the household. As the others become entangled in a maze of flirtation and intrigue, it is only Fanny whose deep but secret love for Edmund Bertram remains true despite his fascination with her brilliant but frivolous cousin Mary
The shape of snakes by Minette Walters( Recording )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the winter of discontent, a black woman dies in a rain-soaked gutter. Her passing would have gone unmourned and unnoticed except the woman who finds her believes she was murdered. Why is Mrs. Ranelagh so convinced it was murder?
Sammy and Rosie get laid by Stephen Frears( Visual )

19 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A subversive comedy about a sex-starved immigrant, his bed-hopping wife, a rich father, and the father's lover
Adam and Eve and pinch me by Ruth Rendell( Recording )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mystery surrounds three women and three men who have recently disappeared completely from their lives. There are other women too, unknown to one another, who have had relationships with a dark-haired man who is no longer around
Twelfth night, or, What you will by William Shakespeare( Visual )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of Shakespeare's comedy where order is restored, evil punished, and all who deserve it live happily ever after
How to be good by Nick Hornby( Recording )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife ... well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper. But now David's changed. He's become a good person, too--really good. He's found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a deeply-felt conversion, a brain tumor--or David's most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she's finding it more and more difficult to live with David--and with herself
Esther Kahn by Arnaud Desplechin( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Jewish migrant living in London at the turn of the 19th century works with her family in a sweatshop. But Esther is the weak link in the operation. She is slow and stubborn, she never has an opinion on anything and never feels anything for anyone. She decides to become an actress, because it is only in the theater that she awakens. It is on the stage that, one evening, she breaks through twenty years of suppressed life, and really begins to live--Container
Aristophanes the gods are laughing( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This pseudo-biography juxtaposes elements of Aristophanic plays with the activities of contemporaneous people to show how Aristophanes became the father of political satire and why his theatrical innovations are still staples of the contemporary theatre"--Container
Shiner by John Irvin( Visual )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billy "Shiner" Simpson is a man who has spent much of his life making a living by skirting the law, but he thinks he may finally have a legitimate path to the big time managing his son Eddie, an up-and-coming boxer, who is set to fight an American champion in a prizefight, and Billy is convinced Eddie can't lose. But Eddie loses in the second round, and Billy flees the arena with his son in tow. Billy and Eddie are followed by a gunman who shoots and kills the young fighter, and a distraught Billy becomes convinced someone got to Eddie and forced him to take a dive
The ice house by Minette Walters( Recording )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The people of streech village had never trusted the three women living up at the Grange - not since Phoebe Maybury's husband suddenly, inexplicably, vanished. Ten years late a corpse is discovered in the grounds and Phoebe's nightmare begins
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King Lear
Alternative Names
Barber, Francis 1958-

Frances Barber actrice britannique

Frances Barber britische Schauspielerin

Frances Barber britisk skodespelar

Frances Barber britisk skuespiller

Frances Barber brittisk skdespelare

فرانسيس باربر

English (143)

German (2)

King LearWilliam Shakespeare's The taming of the shrewThe ice houseBehaving badlyPrick up your earsJim Henson's The storyteller the definitive collectionMansfield ParkThe shape of snakesHow to be good