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The Greatest Love Stories Ever

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week (if you’re anything like me, you’ve only just remembered!), so we thought it would be a great time to feature some of the greatest love stories ever told. Many of these are also core GCSE English texts, so check out our GEM display in the Information Store for… Continue reading The Greatest Love Stories Ever

DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Frozen

Over Christmas 2013, you couldn’t avoid Frozen, with seemingly every advert featuring the hit song ‘Let It Go’, the troubled sorceress Elsa or optimistic snowman Olaf. Loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, ‘The Snow Queen’, Frozen took the experimentation Disney had started in Tangled (its adaptation of Rapunzel) a step further, and audiences… Continue reading DVD Review: Frozen


The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is the most filmed character in all of literature and the template for so many fictional detectives since. With the new series of Sherlock hitting our screens next year and the recent Noirwich Crime Festival a great success, we’re looking back at the many incarnations of Mr Holmes and his best friend Dr… Continue reading The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

DVD Reviews

DVD Review: ShakespeaRe-Told (2005)

The BBC is a hotly-debated topic right now, but with the launch of the BBC digital archive (accessible via eStream), we’ve been thinking about some of the great adaptations the BBC has produced over the years. Not least, their many, many adaptations of Shakespeare plays. We’ve already talked about The Hollow Crown (with the second… Continue reading DVD Review: ShakespeaRe-Told (2005)

DVD Reviews

The Many Faces of Romeo & Juliet

With Valentine’s Day this month, it sometimes felt like we couldn’t get away from romance, but since it’s also the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death this year, we thought we’d have a look at a play that is sometimes considered the greatest love story of all time (as well as the most tragic). Romeo… Continue reading The Many Faces of Romeo & Juliet