Drama (ITV): The Dread Command

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started21st Sep 1961
ended1st Dec 1961
last rpt27th Nov 1963
3 school years
duration25 mins
subject 📚EnglishDrama
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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The Dread Command is a unit of the ITV schools TV series Drama (ITV) from the 1960s, covering Drama for secondary school pupils.

  • covering Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • five documentary programmes including excerpts starring William Russell as Hamlet, Mark Dignam as Claudius and Margaretta Scott as Gertrude
  • followed by a five-part (abridged) production of the play starring Barry Foster as Hamlet, Sidney Tafler as Claudius and Patricia Jessel as Gertrude
  • broadcast in autumn 1961 and again in autumn 1963


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