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Hamlet and Elizabethan England article icon

History & The Arts 

Hamlet and Elizabethan England

 Explore the historical context of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' in Elizabethan England with Dr Hannah Lavery, Associate Lecturer at The Open University,

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History & The Arts 

Approaching plays

Do you want to get more out of drama? This free course, Approaching plays, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary plays. You will learn about dialogue, stage directions, blank verse, dramatic structure and conventions and aspects of performance.

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15 hrs
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Can comedy change your life? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Can comedy change your life?

After years spent in dark comedy clubs and cramped rooms above pubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She meets the performers and researchers who say that comedy can change how we think and even how we act.

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Tumble And Twirl: David Bowie and gender transgression article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Tumble And Twirl: David Bowie and gender transgression

Throughout his career, David Bowie has pushed at the edges and limits of the gender binary. Lisa Perrott offers a brief guide.

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What’s Social about Chasing the Perfect Sporting Body? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

What’s Social about Chasing the Perfect Sporting Body?

Is it possible to push your sporting performance to its maximum potential regardless of social inequalities? Kath Woodward discusses...

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Education & Development 

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20 mins
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Playing by the rules, but who makes and breaks them? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Playing by the rules, but who makes and breaks them?

Sport might appear to be all about fair play, but it is also all about winning and losing; and some of the rewards for success are rich indeed.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Overcoming public meltdown

Simon Rea reflects on whether athletes and clubs can overcome adversity to achieve their sporting goals.

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Money & Business 

Evan Davis on... talent

Evan evaluates the high-maintenance stars of business against talented teams

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TV, Radio & Events 

Olympic Dreams: About the athletes

The Olympic Dreams videos explore how a selection of the athletes featured in the 2010 series mentally prepare for competitions and deal with adversity. Below is more information on the athletes we interviewed.

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History & The Arts 

From Page to Stage

How does the casting of Hamlet effect our perception of the play? Hannah Lavery explores different performances of Hamlet and introduces questions to study the play further.

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Are we any good at sport? 2008 article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Are we any good at sport? 2008

Ben Oakley askes whether as a nation we’re any good at sport?

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