BBC Television Shakespeare

Season 1 Episode 16

The Winter's Tale

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Aired Unknown Feb 08, 1981 on BBC Two
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The Winter's Tale
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King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Queen Hermione, of cheating on him with his good friend Polixenes. So Leontes drives Polixenes out of the kingdom, but this leads to unforeseen results - the arrival of a dangerous bear, a baby abandoned in the snow, love, death, and a statue which comes to life.moreless

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Alan Vicars

Alan Vicars

Peasant

Guest Star

Johnny Shack

Johnny Shack

Peasant

Guest Star

Sean Bartley

Sean Bartley

Peasant

Guest Star

Peter Benson

Peter Benson

Clown's Servant

Recurring Role

Paul Jesson

Paul Jesson

Clown

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Antigonus says "...our ship hath touch'd upon the desarts of Bohemia". Ben Jonson poked fun at Shakespeare for the sailors' arrival by ship, as the kingdom of Bohemia had neither a coast nor a desert. However, Shakespeare may have meant the nonsense as part of the play's fantasy.

    • There is a gap of sixteen years between two of the Acts of the play, during which Leontes has mourned the loss of his wife and children. In an unusual device, Father Time himself comes on stage to explain that the sixteen years have gone by.

    • At one point, Antigonus is chased off the stage, as set out in Shakespeare's most famous stage direction - Exit, pursued by a bear.

      No one knows whether Shakespeare used a real bear when producing the play himself. It's more likely that his bear was an actor wearing a bear-skin, but a real bear has sometimes been used in modern times. The BBC Shakespeare production uses a man in a costume.

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