BBC Television Shakespeare

Season 1 Episode 3

As You Like It

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Aired Unknown Dec 17, 1978 on BBC Two
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Duke Frederick has driven out the lawful Duke and stolen his Duchy. Rosalind (daughter of the banished Duke) falls in love with Orlando de Boys, as he is beating Frederick's champion in a wrestling match. Frederick banishes her, too, and she leaves, disguised as a youth called Ganymede, taking Frederick's daughter Celia and his jester Touchstone with her. Rosalind's troupe heads for the Forest of Arden, where Rosalind's father is living quietly, with Orlando and his brother Jaques now members of the old Duke's rustic court.

Rosalind decides to live for a time as Ganymede, and she/he finds Orlando hanging poems to Rosalind on trees (no doubt he knows what he's doing?)... Ganymede promises to cure Orlando of his love, while Touchstone woos a country girl, Audrey. Meanwhile, a shepherdess called Phebe falls in love with Ganymede, scorning the love of the bumpkin Silvius. Oliver de Boys, another brother of Orlando, arrives and falls heavily for Celia.

At the end, Ganymede turns himself/herself back into Rosalind, and all of the lovers get their hearts' desire - except for Phebe, who has to make do with Silvius. Duke Frederick chooses this moment to retire into a life of prayer, leaving the coast clear for the restoration of the true Duke to his rightful power and glory.moreless

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Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Rosalind

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Brian Stirner

Brian Stirner

Orlando de Boys

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Richard Pasco

Richard Pasco

Jaques de Boys

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