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  • Pericles: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    Pericles: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Nigel Terry, Stella Gonet, and others
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    Pericles, Prince of Tyre, undergoes a tyrant's fury, storm, and shipwreck. He wins love and suffers loss, but what is lost may also be found. With the ancient poet Gower acting as narrator, we follow the adventures of Pericles from young manhood to maturity. This strange and powerful tale of loss and recovery is the first in the group of romance comedies created by Shakespeare at the end of his dramatic career.

  • The Winter's Tale: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    The Winter's Tale: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sinead Cusack, Ciaran Hinda, Eileen Atkins, and others
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    King Leontes of Sicilia is seized by sudden and terrible jealousy of his wife Hermione, whom he accuses of adultery. He believes the child Hermione is bearing was fathered by his friend Polixenes, and when the baby girl is born he orders her to be taken to some wild place and left to die. Though Hermione's child escapes death, Leontes' cruelty has terrible consequences. Loss paves the way for reunion, and life and hope are born out of desolation and despair.

    John says: "A Snapper-Up of Unconsidered Trifles"
  • The Emperor's New Clothes | Hans Christian Andersen

    The Emperor's New Clothes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud
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    Like everyone else in the kingdom, two clever swindlers understand the emperor's passion for new clothes. Claiming to be the creators of the richest and most beautiful cloth in the world, they cleverly announce that the magical garments they are weaving for the emperor are invisible to anyone lacking intelligence. Who will have the courage to speak the truth?

  • Sonnets | William Shakespeare

    Sonnets

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud
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    Here are 154 poems performed by by the wonderful Sir John Gielgud in this Shakepseare collection of the Sonnets.

    Shakespeare's sonnets deal with such themes as the passage of time, love, beauty, and mortality. All but two of the poems were first published in a 1609 quarto entitled Shake-Speares Sonnets: Never before imprinted.

    Discerning Customer 112 says: "Clear, rhythmical, beautiful"
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles
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    Sir John Gielgud stars as Sherlock Holmes with Sir Ralph Richardson as Dr. Watson. John's brother, Val Gielgud, the celebrated mystery author and producer, directs several episodes and co-stars in one of them... as Sherlock's brother! As a finishing touch, Orson Welles plays the evil Moriarty. The shows created by this very special team are possibly the greatest Sherlock Holmes radio programs ever produced. This set features all sixteen episodes in their most complete surviving examples - taken from what currently exists of the syndication masters.

    Christina Vincent says: "Wonderful renditions!"
  • Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats | T. S. Eliot

    Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By T. S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Irene Worth
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    The basis for the musical phenomenon Cats, this collection of 14 inviting rhymes - the mixture of the real and the impossible, the familiar and the fantastic - make for a set of poems that no child or adult can possibly resist.

  • The Winter's Tale | William Shakespeare

    The Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, full cast
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    A king's mad jealousy tears his family apart in this rich, tragicomic play, one of Shakespeare's last. When King Leontes suspects his wife, Hermione, has been unfaithful, he sends her to prison, where she gives birth to a daughter. Assuming the baby is not his, Leontes orders that she be left to die on a desert shore. He spends the next 16 years grieving over his error, until the fateful day his long-lost daughter Perdita returns.

    WL Rubink says: "Audio not up to par"
  • A Scandal in Bohemia | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    A Scandal in Bohemia

    • ORIGINAL (26 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    Based on an original story of the same name, this drama presents a delicate case involving an adventuresome monarch; an indiscreet photograph leads Holmes to the one person could not outwit – the beautiful and dangerous Irene Adler. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

  • The Solitary Cyclist | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Solitary Cyclist

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    In one of the most intriguing of the mysteries, Holmes helps a young woman in trouble from a seemingly phantom follower, following the death of a rich uncle. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

  • Measure for Measure | William Shakespeare

    Measure for Measure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud
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    Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604 performed by Sir John Gielgud and cast.Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604. It was (and continues to be) classified as comedy, but its mood defy those expectations. As a result and for a variety of reasons, some critics have labeled it as one of Shakespeare's problem plays.

  • The Six Napoleons | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Six Napoleons

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    From an original story entitled "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons", this tale shows how Holmes tracks down a precious gem, secreted by a clever jewel thief in a supposedly perfect hiding-place. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

  • The Red-Headed League | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Red-Headed League

    • ORIGINAL (21 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    In this story, a strange and curious society of red-headed men leads Holmes to stumble upon plans for a bank robbery. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

  • Richard II | William Shakespeare

    Richard II

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud
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    A wonderful classic recording of some of the greatest actors performing Shakespeare for the first time release on digital download.Richard II is the main character of the play. The first Act begins with King Richard sitting majestically on his throne in full state. We learn that Henry Bolingbroke, Richard's cousin, is having a dispute with Thomas Mowbray, and they both want the king to act as judge.

  • The Traitor | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Traitor

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, Val Gielgud
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    Here, Holmes’s brother Mycroft, played by John Gielgud’s brother Val, enlists the help of the sleuth over some missing government documents.

  • The Yoxley Case | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Yoxley Case

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    This episode is based on Conan Doyle's story "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez", in which Holmes investigates the stabbing of a young professor's aide. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

  • The Norwood Builder | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Norwood Builder

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    In this episode, Holmes's case involves a young lawyer who, after inheriting some money, is accused of his benefactor's murder. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

  • The Empty House | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Empty House

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    From an original story entitled "The Adventure of the Empty House", the motto "dead men tell no tales" is proved untrue when Holmes returns to dispense justice to the last of the Moriarty gang. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

  • The Blue Carbuncle | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Blue Carbuncle

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    Here, Sherlock Holmes's Christmas celebration is interrupted by a goose – one that has swallowed the precious "Blue Carbuncle" jewel. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

  • A Case of Identity | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    A Case of Identity

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    Here, a conniving man indulges in a ruthless scheme to acquire his step-daughter's inheritance - until Holmes comes upon the scene. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

  • Rare Disease | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Rare Disease

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson
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    Holmes plays possum and traps a conniving doctor into confessing to what he had thought was the perfect crime. The 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes starring Gielgud and Richardson were produced by Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009) for his "Towers of London" company. They were first broadcast on the old BBC Light Programme in 1954, and by NBC in 1955; they are still regarded by many as the definitive Holmes series. Heritage Media acquired exclusive distribution rights to the series from Towers in 1994; the series was licensed for several years with great success to Hodder Headline and reverted to Heritage at the end of 2009.

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