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.
Kathy Li (revised by Albert Sanchez Moreno)
17 December 1978 (UK)
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Also Known As:
The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: As You Like It
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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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
Only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.
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