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Shakespeare

Shakespeare

£16.49 / $25.72

1564 - 1616

Shakespeare was born in the country town of Stratford-upon-Avon.He was educated at the local grammar school. He went to London in 1588 to begin a life in the theatre. He was immensely successful and he is now recognised as the greatest dramatist of all time. The DVD covers his life and background and ends with an overview of his work.

Running time: approx 35 minutes

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Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

£16.49 / $25.72

1899 - 1961

Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, a wealthy suburb of Chicago. He became a reporter on the Kansas City Star at the age of 18, then went to Italy to serve for a few months in the war. His first novel was published in 1926 and he achieved tremendous popularity almost at once. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. The DVD covers his life and background and ends with an overview of his work.

Running time: approx 35 minutes

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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

£16.49 / $25.72

1812 - 1870

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth. His father worked in the naval dockyard. The family later moved to Chatham and London but slowly slid into poverty. Dickens ended up working in a factory. He took up journalism, then at 24 had great success as a novelist. The DVD covers his life and background and ends with an overview of his work.

Running time: approx 35 minutes

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen

£16.49 / $25.72

1775 - 1817

Like most women of her time, Jane Austen lived out her life on home ground. Her adventurous brothers meant however that she was very much in touch with her age. Coupling this with her own remarkable personality she produced some of the finest novels in English literature. The DVD covers her life and background and ends with an overview of her work.

Running time: approx 35 minutes

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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

£16.49 / $25.72

1882 - 1941

Virginia Woolf was born in London in 1882. Her father was Leslie Stephen, a writer and literary editor. She was educated privately and in 1912 married Leonard Woolf. He encouraged her to write and they began their own publishing house called the Hogarth Press. She took her own life in 1941.The DVD covers her life and background.

Running time: approx 30 minutes

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

£16.49 / $25.72

1854 - 1900

Oscar Wilde was certainly one of the most brilliant writers of comedy for the English stage. The tale of his tragic downfall, caused by the society of his time condemning his private sexual life, has generally overshadowed the importance of his work. The film follows his early career and attempts to regain the balance between tragic figure and artist. The DVD covers his life and background and ends with an overview of his work.

Running time: approx 35 minutes

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The Brönte Sisters

The Brönte Sisters

£16.49 / $25.72


The three Brönte sisters Charlotte (b.1816), Emily (b.1818) and Anne (b.1810) were all born in the village of Thornton in Yorkshire. They spent most of their lives not far away at Haworth where their father was vicar. They were largely educated at home. All three achieved their goal of becoming successful novelists. The programme follows their lives and their development as writers and ends with an overview of their work.

Running time: approx 35 minutes

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George Orwell: a concise biography

George Orwell: a concise biography

£16.49 / $25.72

George Orwell 1903 - 1950

Orwell was born in India. He was educated at Eton College and in 1922 went out to Burma as a police officer. He returned to England in 1927 and determined to be a writer. In 1936 he went to join the civil war in Spain. He later worked for the BBC and The Observer. Just as he was becoming successful he died of tuberculosis. The DVD covers his life and background and ends with an overview of his work.

Running time: approx 35 minutes

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Grandfather's Mother Goose

Grandfather's Mother Goose

£10.20 / $15.91

A collection of nursery rhymes and songs read and sung by Malcolm Hossick.

Nursery rhymes in english and any other language work with children for a number of simple reasons; they tend to go for the heart of the matter without too much explanation; they delight in repetitive patterns of sounds which may not make much sense but are good on the ear; the good don't always win; death and destruction are meted out pretty ruthlessly, deserved or not; and finally for a mind opening onto the world they present a challenge in understanding and mimicry which is all a part of how kids develop.

Literary analysis aside, pouring all this stuff out to Hugo, 3 years old, is pretty agreeable to grandfather Malcolm Hossick; so here they all are; no accompaniment, no pattern or order to it all, no flannel, no cartoons or schmalzy music but just the age old stuff that might keep the kids imagination held for a time while weary mum gets on with the cooking.

unabridged
mp3 format ; dur: 70 mins
1 audio CD

When they're a bit older they might enjoy Malcolm Hossick's
reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol'; or the ever-popular
‘Alice in Wonderland’ all from Academy Media


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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

£16.49 / $25.72

1809 - 1849

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston the son of actors David and Elizabeth Poe. His father disappeared when he was three and his mother died a year later. He was adopted by a Richmond, Virginia family called Allan. When he was 17 he was disowned by his foster parents. He was determined to be a writer and through many difficulties he succeeded in becoming one of the first great imaginative writers in the United States. The DVD covers his life and background and ends with an overview of his work.

Running time: approx 35 minutes

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About Us Page

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!



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News Page 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.