Maggie Smith At the BBC

Starring: Maggie Smith

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This BBC collection brings together an ensemble of legendary performances by the incomparable Maggie Smith in timeless works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Tennessee Williams and Alan Bennett!


1) The Merchant of Venice ('72, Play of the Month) The Venice of Titian and the Belmont of Botticelli are the visual inspiration behind this lavish production of the Shakespeare play. Maggie Smith as Portia. Also Frank Finlay as Shylock, Charles Gray, Christopher Gable, Nerys Hughes and Edward Petherbridge.

2) The Millionairess ('72, Play of the Month) Bernard Shaw's glittering farce The Millionairess reveals the true relations between class, capital, power and labor. Starring Maggie Smith as Epifania, Tom Baker and Charles Gray, this original BBC production brings the hilarity and searing commentary of Shaws work to vivid life.

3) A Bed Among the Lentils ('88, Talking Heads) Maggie Smith stars in Alan Bennett's monologue about a vicar's wife who finds a vision of God at the local off-licence.

4) Suddenly Last Summer ('93, Performance) Tennessee Williams's play stars Maggie Smith as Mrs Veneble, whose grief at the loss of her beloved poet son turns to rage against her niece Catharine (Natasha Richardson), his last companion and witness to his gruesome death. Determined to erase the memory of Sebastian's loss, she tries to persuade her pet doctor (Rob Lowe) to perform a lobotomy on Catharine.


Studio Warner
SKU 206892181
UPC 883929016754
UPC 14 00883929016754
Format DVD
Release Date 5/20/2008
Rating NR
British Television
Television Programs
Editors Note
Note Legendary actress Dame Maggie Smith has been dazzling audiences for generations. And in a career full of triumphant moments, some of her greatest have been captured in the productions produced for the BBC. Collected here are Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, George Bernard Shaw's THE MILLIONAIRESS, Alan Bennett's A BED AMONG THE LENTILS, and Tennessee William's SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. The performances presented here represent over 20 years of her career at the BBC and will remind fans just how much a powerful actress can bring to classic stage productions.
Maggie Smith
Cast & Crew
Maggie Smith - Star
George Bernard Shaw - Source Writer
Tennessee Williams - Source Writer
William Shakespeare - Source Writer
Alan Bennett - Source Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 1000038280
UPC 00883929016754
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 362 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Actor Smith,Maggie
Label BBC Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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