BBC Literary Adaptations in Video | Alexander Street

BBC Literary Adaptations in Video

This collection of nearly 200 hours comprises a treasure trove of BBC productions of more than 50 famous literary works, many that were buried in the BBC archive for the past few decades.  From Dickens to Shakespeare, from Chekhov to Arthur Miller, from Jane Austen to Mary Shelley, a great breadth of works is included.  Talent like Mark Rylance, Yoko Ono, John Gielgud, Sir Ian McKellen, Colin Firth, and more make this product a must-have for theatre, drama, performing arts, and literature courses.  In addition to actual performances, the product includes titles like Face to Face and Performance where actors and directors discuss their craft.

Ideal for use in Drama/Performing Arts departments to analyze their craft or specific performances and English/Literature departments to support teaching of literary works.

Product features

  • Many performances have never been seen since their original airing.
  • Contains quality performances of famous literary works most often taught in or produced by theatre classes
  • Big name actors and directors are featured such as Mark Rylance, Yoko Ono, John Gielgud, Sir Ian McKellen, Colin Firth, and more
  • Interviews and spotlights of actors talking about the craft are included.
  • Available on the enhanced Alexander Street Video Platform (

Content highlights

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Bleak House
  • David Copperfield
  • Frankenstein
  • Great Expectations
  • Ivanhoe
  • Jane Eyre
  • Lorna Doone
  • Mansfield Park
  • Oliver Twist
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • And many more

Purchasing information

  • For collection sale
  • Subscription and perpetual rights available
  • World-wide rights
  • For academic and public library use


BBC Literary Adaptations in Video is a key component of the Theatre Performance and Design collection: