BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
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The Merchant of Venice 

Antonio's friend Bassanio is in love and needs money to go courting. Using Antonio as his collateral, he borrows money from Shylock. But when the debt comes due, Shylock demands repayment in the form of a pound of Antonio's flesh.

Director:

Cedric Messina

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Smith ... Portia
Frank Finlay ... Shylock
Charles Gray ... Antonio
Christopher Gable Christopher Gable ... Bassanio
Robert Harris ... Duke of Venice
Malcolm Stoddard ... Gratiano
Nerys Hughes ... Nerissa
Ania Marson ... Jessica
Edward Petherbridge ... Lorenzo
David Spenser David Spenser ... Prince of Morocco
John Moffatt ... Prince of Aragon
Clive Graham Clive Graham ... Salerio
Richard Morant ... Solanio
Bunny May Bunny May ... Lancelot Gobbo
Ken Parry Ken Parry ... Old Gobbo
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Antonio's friend Bassanio is in love and needs money to go courting. Using Antonio as his collateral, he borrows money from Shylock. But when the debt comes due, Shylock demands repayment in the form of a pound of Antonio's flesh.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1972 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Maggie Smith at her finest!
20 November 2006 | by curvygrrrlSee all my reviews

When I was very little, I usually couldn't sleep so I would sneak out and watch television. One late night, I found this on PBS and was instantly mesmerized. Not just because it was my first full-fledged foray into the world of Shakespeare, but because Maggie Smith's performance was so incredible. Her ability to convey delicate femininity as Portia and sturdy masculinity in her male guise, was incredible. I watched every airing PBS had left of it, I was so taken. To this day, I credit having seen that performance as one of the key reasons I wanted to be an actor when I grew up. If you can find it... watch it. If you enjoy Maggie Smith's breadth of work, you will love this gem.


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