Television: Longest Run

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One of the chief complaints of the Carnegie Commission is that public television is too dependent on British imports. Coincidentally, PBS is about to broadcast the longest and most ambitious British series of all, the 37 plays of William Shakespeare, spread out over six years. The series, the Carnegie Commission to the contrary, will be public TV's greatest monument, a fitting demonstration of what television can be, should be and, in Britain, often is.

The series begins with Julius Caesar, then continues with As You Like...

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