18 user

As You Like It (1978)

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Movie 17 December 1978
After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical brother, Senior's daughter Rosalind disguises herself as a man and sets out to find her banished father while also counseling her clumsy suitor Orlando in the art of wooing.


Basil Coleman


William Shakespeare (play)


Learn more

More Like This 

Measure for Measure (TV Movie 1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When the Duke of Vienna takes a mysterious leave of absence and leaves the strict Angelo in charge, things couldn't be worse for Claudio, who is sentenced to death for premarital sex. His ... See full summary »

Director: Desmond Davis
Stars: Kenneth Colley, Kate Nelligan, Tim Pigott-Smith
Miss Julie (TV Movie 1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A televised Royal Shakespeare Company production of August Strindberg's classic play. Miss Julie (Dame Helen Mirren), a nineteenth century aristocrat's daughter, is attracted to one of the servants in her father's house.

Directors: John Glenister, Robin Phillips
Stars: Helen Mirren, Donal McCann, Heather Canning
Twelfth Night (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Viola and Sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. Orsino ... See full summary »

Director: John Gorrie
Stars: Alec McCowen, Robert Hardy, Felicity Kendal
A Midsummer Night's Dream I (TV Movie 1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with fairies come to light in a moonlit forest.

Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Stars: Estelle Kohler, Nigel Davenport, Hugh Quarshie
The Philanthropist (TV Movie 1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A philologist at a British university finds his small world coming apart just as catastrophic things seem to be happening in the big world outside.

Director: Stuart Burge
Stars: Ronald Pickup, Helen Mirren, James Bolam
The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: John Franklyn-Robbins, John Rhys-Davies, Alan David
Richard II (TV Movie 1978)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The incompetent King Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer King.

Director: David Giles
Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Jon Finch
Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie 1984)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Benedick and Beatrice fight their merry war of words. But when Beatrice's friend, Hero, is humiliatingly jilted by Benedick's best friend, Claudio, Benedick has to choose which side he's on... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge
Stars: Lee Montague, Tim Faulkner, Cherie Lunghi
The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV Movie 1982)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Alan Bennett, Richard O'Callaghan, Tenniel Evans
Red Hot Shot (1970)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Frank Berin (Michael Reardon) was removed from an investigation into Mac Brown (Vittorio Duse), the owner of a pharmaceutical company, who was suspected of drug trafficking and illegal experiments on teenagers. When Brown is murdered, Frank is called to investigate.

Director: Piero Zuffi
Stars: Michael Reardon, Barbara Bouchet, Carmelo Bene
Hamlet (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Hamlet (Tony Meyer) suspects his uncle, King Claudius (Barry Stanton) has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, Gertrude (Dame Helen Mirren), but the Prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director: Celestino Coronado
Stars: Quentin Crisp, Helen Mirren, Barry Stanton
The Winter's Tale (TV Movie 1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell
Stars: John Welsh, David Burke, Robert Stephens


Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Rosalind
Brian Stirner ... Orlando
Richard Pasco ... Jaques
Angharad Rees ... Celia
James Bolam ... Touchstone
Clive Francis ... Oliver
Richard Easton ... Duke Frederick
Tony Church Tony Church ... Duke Senior
John Quentin John Quentin ... Le Beau
Maynard Williams Maynard Williams ... Silvius
Victoria Plucknett Victoria Plucknett ... Phebe
Marilyn Le Conte ... Audrey
Tom McDonnell Tom McDonnell ... Amiens
David Lloyd Meredith David Lloyd Meredith ... Corin
Arthur Hewlett ... Adam


Orlando (Brian Stirner) is forced to work like a servant for his brother Oliver (Clive Francis), so he goes to win his fortune in a wrestling contest, where he meets a lady of the court, Rosalind (Dame Helen Mirren). Rosalind (daughter of deposed Duke Senior (Tony Church)) is companion to Celia (Angharad Rees) (niece of the deposed Duke) and when the current Duke, Frederick (Richard Easton), banishes Rosalind from the kingdom, she, Celia, the court jester (and incidentally Orlando (Brian Stirner)) all end up in the forest of Arden, where the deposed Duke holds court. Romantic mix-ups, cross-dressing, love poems nailed to trees, and a lion await them all. Written by Kathy Li (revised by Albert Sanchez Moreno)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




TV-14 | See all certifications »






Release Date:

17 December 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: As You Like It See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This was one of only two BBC Shakespeare productions shot on-location, the other being Henry VIII (1979). However, the location shooting received a lukewarm response from critics and the BBC's own people, with the general consensus being that the natural world in the episode overwhelmed the actors, actresses, and the story. See more »


Orlando: Only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.
See more »


Version of As You Like It (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

All the world's a stage
2 January 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

To put it lightly, 'As You Like It' is not one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. Consider it one of his weakest actually. It's not the language and text that's the problem, Shakespeare's unrivalled mastery of language and text can be seen in even his lesser work. The problem is the too thin and absurd story with a silly and randomly introduced ending, just about kept afloat by Shakespeare's prose and nice characters.

Do find the late 70s-early 80s BBC Shakespeare adaptations very interesting for mainly their distinguished casts and general fidelity and respect to the plays. Regardless of reservations with the production values and more than once there has been uneven casting. Don't consider any of them unwatchable but some are better than others, liked to loved a fair number but some disappointed. This production of 'As You Like It' has garnered some scorn here, while sharing some of the criticisms to me despite its unevenness it's better than has been said by some. It is not one of the best of the series, nowhere near, but not one of the worst. Personally would put it somewhere in the middle.

Can understand a few of the criticisms. The camera work is static in places and tends to be rather unimaginative.

'As You Like It's' pace has its draggy spots when the action is especially thin and on the static side in direction (the story of the play though is to blame partly for this though). And the humour is variable, most moments delight and are very funny, especially the witty banter, but others came over as strained as a result of trying too hard dramatically.

However, really did love the rustic sets (one of not many in the series to be done on location, thus there is more of an opened-up feel), which looked very attractive. Especially the forest setting. The costumes were evocative and didn't look ugly. Also appreciated that as a performance and adaptation it was faithful to the text and action, generally did make it engaging and make it easy to understand and didn't try to incorporate any senseless or distasteful touches. The most inspired touch being the wrestling scene. Even if it could have taken more risks and had more freshness as there was at times an air of too faithful and safe.

Shakespeare's wit and poetry always shines, as does the beautiful music, but it's the cast that make this production of 'As You Like It' worth seeing. Helen Mirren has a demanding role as Rosalind and carries it off pretty splendidly. Brian Stirner has his dull moments early on but mostly his Orlando is very convincing. Richard Pasco revels in Jaques' pompous condescension in a maddeningly thrilling way and James Bolam is a scene-stealing Touchstone. Angharad Rees is very good.

All in all, decent production and while flawed better than given credit for. 7/10 Bethany Cox

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed