In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors. 'All the world's a stage And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts' Banished young lovers Orlando and Rosalind escape to the Forest of Arden with their friends and servants. In this idyllic setting, they find the simple life confused by entangled love affairs, cross-dressing, love poems and even a lion... Helen Mirren and Brian Stirner star as Rosalind and Orlando in one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. Considering the delights of love, the nature of human experience and the contrast between life in the court and the country, Shakespeare fills the romantic plot with both humorous and clever wordplay.