For over thirty years we have been making programmes about history, literature, music and languages with the hope of helping individuals to develop and enrich themselves.
There are many views on what it means to be educated. At school or college, having little experience of life which might help us to make a judgement about what a fruitful education is, we all tend to accept what is given to us. A great emphasis is laid on practical skills of course, in fitting us for work. But how well are we served in dealing with our emotional life? Many would argue that personal relationships are the biggest feature of our life on earth. So it's not surprising that being well read in what we call the classics of literature is for many people one of the ways in which they achieve a balanced view of life and so - are educated.
Of course if you are a chemist you have to learn the facts of chemistry: a farmer needs to know about crops and animals: a banker about the ways of finance. But knowing these things, are you educated?
All of us however, whatetever our gender, race, occupation, nationality, whatever seems to divide us, have one thing in common - all of us humans have to live in society: we love and hate, are kind and generous or selfish and mean spirited. This is where literature comes in: a few writers over the centuries stand out as people with a particular sensitivity to the human condition and a particular skill in writing about it. They are not teachers or preachers: they are simply able to tell a story in some remarkable way which locates our hearts and illuminates our understanding of human existence. Through the books these people become our friends: in ordinary life we could never expect to meet them. But through literature we are in special company for a time.
There are thousands of contemporary novels to choose from of course: a book by Dickens 150 years ago - how can it be relevant today? In the span of human history 150 years is nothing. Is an English writer comprehensible by people from other parts of the world? If you laugh, love, hate, are jealous, compassionate, thoughtful then you will have no difficulty with Dickens. Are the slums, saloons and sewers of London really different from those of Shanghai or Rio de Janeiro?
By introducing a few of the great writers of the past through our video biographies we hope to unlock some of the world's literary treasures which will help you to be well read!
| In 2007 we began a new series of DVD programmes under the heading of Classic Plays. These will be full, 'uncut text' film versions of the works of Ibsen, Chekov, Shakespeare, Molière, the Greek dramatists and so on. Schools, Colleges, Libraries and individuals will be able to hold on their shelves high class productions of these plays which are available to very few outside the main theatre centres of the world.|
The first production, Ibsen's 'Ghosts', is now available.
October 2010 saw the launch of our first Box-set, a 5-part programme in our History and Society series. 'CHINA: In the Shadow of Mr Kong' examines the influence of Confucius on the History and Culture of China from his time teaching and writing over two thousand years ago, to the present day.
Launched December 2010
The first 3 titles in our new Audiobooks series are now available on CD or MP3. They are: Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland"
New arrival August 2011
Nathaniel Hawthorne - Famous Authors series
Shakespeare sonnet 18 read by Malcolm Hossick available to sample now.
Coming soon, a new series of sonnets and speeches from the plays.
All programmes soon to be available on VOD streaming on demand.