In Shakespeare's most controversial play, the opposing values of justice and mercy must be resolved. Antonio promises money to help his friend Bassanio woo Portia. He borrows the sum needed from the cruel Shylock, but there will be a dreadful penalty if the loan is not repaid. The golden world of Portia's Belmont calls forth some of Shakespeare's most lyrical love poetry. But the dark shadow of Shylock is never far from the heart of this brilliant comedy as it moves toward its courtroom climax.
"One Of Shakespeare's Best"
This shattering drama of isolation and loss is one of the greatest tragedies in world literature. King Lear of Britain has three daughters: the hard-hearted Goneril and Regan, and the good and gentle Cordelia. He determines to divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest share to she who can say she loves him the best. Lear's tragic lack of judgment and self-knowledge is paralleled by the blindness of the loyal Gloucester who is persuaded to reject his virtuous son, Edgar, in favor of the villainous Edmund.
"tragedy par excellence"
Mr Samuel Pickwick, retired businessman and confirmed batchelor, is determined that, after a quiet life of enterprise, the time has come to go out into the world.
First published in monthly parts between October 1846 and April 1848. Mike Walker's adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale of family relationships tells the story of Paul Dombey, head of the House of Dombey, who lacks a son and cannot reconcile himself to his only daughter.
Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's brother Festus. Censorinus claims that Festus was involved in a syndicate, shipping valuable statues from Greece - and that even when his ship sunk; Festus had guaranteed that everyone in the group would get their money back.
"Time traveling fun"
It's all hotting up on the Fens for inspirational chef Warwick Hedges in this third series of adventures. Whether being offered large sums of money for a rare sighting of a bird, sharing strange dreams with other people about ramshackle huts in the Cambridgeshire wilds, professing odd predictions of upcoming great wealth or moving strange stones from the edge of the Fen to his restaurant at his own peril, Warwick certainly doesn't let times at Mardle Fen remain dull for his friends Jack, Samuel, and Zofia.
Warwick, Jack, Samuel and Zofia return for a second series set in their unique restaurant deep in the Fens, where they've been having a very interesting year. As well as dealing with the arrival of a worrying stranger at their doorstep, with a specific request, they've experienced heavy rainfall flooding, discovered some treasure guarded by a sinister ghost-dog and fuelled father-and-son rivalry when Warwick challenged Jack to a roller-skate vs. bicycle race to the cathedral door.
Trevor Peacock stars as ancient, earthy, inspired chef Warwick Hedges, in Series 1 of the comedy drama set in an idiosyncratic restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens. In these four episodes, a mysterious young man brings his mother for a special meal; Warwick drives his son mad with his constant interference in the kitchen; the dark tale of the twisted eel seems about to repeat itself; and Jack asks his nephew to take care of things so he can get away for a few weeks.