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|Laurence Olivier Presents|
|Created by||Laurence Olivier|
|Country of origin||England|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||64 Minutes - 120 Minutes|
|Original release||1976 –|
Laurence Olivier Presents is a British television anthology series made by Granada Television which ran from 1976 to 1978.
The plays, with the exception of Hindle Wakes , all starred Laurence Olivier. Some of the plays were based on productions staged at the National Theatre during the period when Olivier was Artistic Director. In addition to distinguished English actors, the casts assembled for these productions included several Hollywood stars, such as Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward and Maureen Stapleton.
The individual plays adapted for television were:
The series was also released by Acorn Media in September 2006 as a 6-DVD set with the same title, with The Ebony Tower , adapted from John Fowles' novella by John Mortimer, replacing Daphne Laureola .
The complete series was re-released by Network Media individually and as part of The Laurence Olivier Centenary Collection along with The Ebony Tower.
Hamlet is a 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name, adapted and directed by and starring Laurence Olivier. Hamlet was Olivier's second film as director and the second of the three Shakespeare films that he directed. Hamlet was the first British film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the first sound film of the play in English.
Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch was an English-born Australian actor. He is best remembered for his role as crazed television anchorman Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor, his fifth Best Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a Best Actor award from the Golden Globes.
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Whose Life Is It Anyway? is a play by Brian Clark adapted from his 1972 television play of the same title, which starred Ian McShane. The stage version premiered in 1978 at the Mermaid Theatre in London, and subsequently opened on Broadway in 1979. The play involves a sculptor who is paralysed.
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