Letter: The Bard must have had a head for business

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Sir: David Lister suggests that there are 'precious few acknowledged classics' in BBC Television's current drama season. This autumn, in addition to David Thacker's adaptation of Measure For Measure, the Performance season presents Sir John Gielgud in Summer Day's Dream by J. B. Priestley and Karel Reisz's production of Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea.

In the last three years, BBC 2 has presented a classic repertoire including new versions of Marlowe's Edward II, The Changeling, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, as well as modern classics such as The Entertainer, Roots and Old Times. I hope your readers will agree that the BBC is still 'the National Theatre of the Airwaves'.

Yours faithfully,


Executive Producer

BBC Television Drama

London, W12

12 October