BBC Thursday – 28th of January


Today I’ve got for you three series that will surely fill your week until the next BBC Thursday. Starting with funny stories for children, through some historical drama and up till a science-fiction tale with a chill.


1. Shakespeare Retold

Authors: Andy Stanton, Pamela Butchart, Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Taming, Horatio Clare, Laura Dockrill, Geraldine McCaughrean, Chris Priestley, Jamila Gavin, Paul Stewart

Ten of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays become the inspiration for a collection of stories by leading children’s writers and read by some famous voices.

King Lear: A Tragedy in 5 ActsMacdeath | The Tempest: The Isle of NoisesThe Taming of the Kat DogHamlet Lives ForeverA Midsummer Camp’s DreamHenry V – A Soldier’s TaleRomeo v JulietAll for a Pound of FleshOl’Fella

Day left: no deadline set
Duration: 15 min | 10 episodes aired weekly on Fridays
Rating: ★★★★★

A set of fun tales created for children and based on Shakespeare’s tales. For an adult, it’s more of a set of short parodies and I rather enjoyed the first two. Other tales will be aired weekly, so keep the link at hand if you want to listen to them.


2. Plantagenet by Mike Walker

Series of plays by Mike Walker, inspired by Holinshed’s Chronicles, about the early years of the Plantagenet dynasty

BBC S01 E01 | S01 E02 | S01 E03 | S02 E01 | S02 E02 | S02 E03 | S03 E01 | S03 E02 | S03 E03 | Goodreads

Day left: 13
Duration: 60 min | 9 episodes aired Monday-Friday
Rating: ★★★★★

If you like a good historical drama this will be a treat for you. By now I’ve only heard the first part, but it was a good one. Plantagenets stories are split to three series with three episodes each. That’s nine hours of drama!


3. Ghost Zone by Marty Ross

Surrounded by devastation and a radioactive cloud, a Highland village appears to have survived a meteor strike. Stars Gayanne Potter.

BBC Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Goodreads

Day left: 25
Duration: 30 min | 5 episodes aired weekly on Mondays
Rating: ★★★★☆

This is a well-made play about a town that should be destroyed and yet everyone there seems to be alive… or are they? It’s a story filled with drama, some scary moments and otherworldly experiences.


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