BBC Television Shakespeare

Season 1 Episode 3

As You Like It

Aired Unknown Dec 17, 1978 on BBC Two
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As You Like It
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


    Guest Star

    Brian Stirner

    Brian Stirner

    Orlando de Boys

    Guest Star

    Richard Pasco

    Richard Pasco

    Jaques de Boys

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (4)

      • Rosalind: Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.

      • Orlando: I do desire we may be better strangers.

      • Rosalind: Alas, what danger will it be to us,
        Maids as we are, to travel forth so far!
        Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.

        Celia: I'll put myself in poor and mean attire
        And with a kind of umber smirch my face;
        The like do you: so shall we pass along
        And never stir assailants.

        Rosalind: Were it not better,
        Because that I am more than common tall,
        That I did suit me all points like a man?
        A gallant curtle-axe upon my thigh,
        A boar-spear in my hand.

      • Jacques: All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

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