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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:
Maggie Smith at her finest! See more (2 total) »


 (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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Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Movie Connections:
Version of Il mercante di Venezia (1911)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Maggie Smith at her finest!, 20 November 2006
Author: Sunny from United States

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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