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"BBC Play of the Month" The Merchant of Venice (1972)

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Original Air Date:
16 April 1972 (Season 7, Episode 7)
User Reviews:
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Cedric Messina 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Gerald Savory .... producer
Production Design by
Tony Abbott 
Costume Design by
Juanita Waterson 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Wright .... lighting technician
Other crew
Rosemary Hill .... script editor

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Aspect Ratio:
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Version of The Merchant of Venice (1980) (TV)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful theatre, 15 February 2010
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

The Merchant of Venice has been filmed for television several times, and despite its questionable anti- semitism, remains one of the most popular and solid of Shakespeare's plays.

As a piece of theatre, this version is well-paced and well-cast - Maggie Smith as Portia, Christopher Gable as Bassanio, Charles Gray as Antonio, Frank Finlay as Shylock. The only poor acting comes from Nerys Hughes as Nerissa, quiet reactions without overacting is obviously not her strong point.

With the menace of Shylock pitted against the cunning of Portia, the courtroom scene in particular shines, while the comedy element with suitors and caskets works well and better than the cheap shots taken in the Olivier version a year later.

Hugely enjoyable and now happily available in the Maggie Smith at the BBC box set.

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