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27 November 2014
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Shakespeare on the BBC
The Taming of the Shrew on BBC ONE, part of the Shakespeare season across the BBC


This autumn across the BBC


This autumn, the BBC brings Shakespeare and his stories to audiences with a variety of new programmes and initiatives across its services – television, radio, online and interactive.


Shakespeare on and BBCi


BBC Interactive Drama and Entertainment presents a content-rich website in support of the BBC ONE dramas, plus full listings for Shakespeare programming across all BBC channels and platforms.


In addition, presents a Shakespearean Murder Mystery interactive web game.


It will take the gore of Shakespeare's tragedies, the wit of his comedies, and the tight plotting of all his work, and place them within a gothic horror story.


A compelling narrative will engage the player as they explore Shakespeare's works and life to unravel and maybe prevent a grisly series of murders.


BBCi - Shakespeare's Stories


As a compliment to BBC ONE's four films, Interactive Drama and Entertainment's eTV team give viewers the chance to play with Shakespeare's language and deconstruct his texts.


When the viewer presses their red button after each BBC ONE adaptation, they will be introduced to the interactive TV experience by actor David Oyelowo.


Here they will have a chance to view a scene from the drama in the original text and examine the story from four different angles:


- Like a director's commentary, they can explore the original language in a glossary


- Go behind the scenes with interviews with actors, writers and directors of the BBC ONE films


- looks at the context, theatre history and Shakespeare's life, including interviews with Sir Peter Hall and Michael Wood


- explore the themes and moods of the plays


The interactive shows will be accessible from all digital TV platforms and also available as a groundbreaking, video-rich, broadband to PC service.



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