1940/50s

The Corn is Green

Burton, as Morgan Evans, plays the lead role in his first project for BBC television drama. To complete the project he obtains leave from his commanding officer at RAF Staverton in Cheltnham.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
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UK

The Lady’s Not for Burning

Burton plays the role of Richard in this drama adapted for television.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
Country:
UK

Hallmark Hall of Fame

A television series running from 1951-1958. Burton features in an episode that was a two-hour special documenting the history of the Red Cross.

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Country:
USA

For the Children

Cast as Henry, Prince of Wales, Burton acts out excerpts from Henry IV (Part 1).

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
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UK

Teleclub

Burton makes a guest appearance in an episode of this teenage television programme.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
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UK

The James Mason Show

Burton stars as himself in an episode of this show.

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Country:
USA

Talk of Many Things

Burton features as himself.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
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UK

Highlight

Alisdair Milne interviews Burton about the new Youth Theatre.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
Country:
UK

The DuPont Show of the Month – Wuthering Heights

In this adaptation of the Emily Bronte novel, Burton plays Heathcliffe to Yvonne Furneaux as Cathy. The production is directed by Daniel Petrie.

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USA

A–Z

Alan Melville interviews Burton.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
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UK

Picture Parade

Burton is interviewed about his latest film, Look Back in Anger.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
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UK

Cerdyn Nadolig – Igymru Gyfan

Burton films a message to be aired on Christmas day. Shot in Geneva it is televised on the Welsh Ex-Network programme.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
Country:
UK

1960s

The Fifth Column

An adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Burton, Maximilian Schell and Sally Ann Howes.

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USA

The Tempest

Burton is cast as Caliban in this television version of Shakespeare’s play.

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Country:
USA

A subject of Scandal and Concern

Tony Richardson directed the BBC’s television adaptation of John Osbourne’s play. Set in 1842, Burton plays a George Holyoake, a socialist lecturer who is on trial for saying that he does not believe in God.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
Country:
UK

Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years

A television series comprising 26 episodes with Burton cast as Winston Churchill.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
Country:
UK, USA

Picture Parade

Burton is interviewed about A Subject of Scandal and Concern.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
Country:
UK

Dylan Thomas

This sensitive tribute to the brilliance of Dylan is presented/narrated by Burton. The documentary/film includes many of the Welsh landscapes where the poet and dramatist grew up and gained his inspiration.

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Country:
UK

My Time Again

Interview with Burton.

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BBC WAC TVART3 file 2
Country:
UK

The Sammy Davis Junior Show

Burton plays himself in an episode of this popular America series.

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Country:
USA

Acting in the Sixties

Kenneth Tynan interviews Burton.

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BBC WAC TVART3 file 2
Country:
UK

Panorama

In a programme about Wales, John Morgan interviews Burton in Rome.

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BBC WAC TVART3 file 2
Country:
UK

The Movies: The Shrew

Franco Zeffirelli and Burton give interviews on the making of the Taming of the Shrew.

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BBC WAC TVART3 file 2
Country:
UK

Film Preview

A Film Preview ‘special’ featuring interviews with Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on their latest roles in the drama Doctor Faustus.

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BBC WAC TVART3 file 2
Country:
UK

Contrasts: Sir Donald Wolfit

 

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BBC WAC TVART3 file 2
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UK

The Violent Universe

Burton reads a selection of poetry extracts for inclusion in the programme.

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BBC WAC TVART3 file 2
Country:
UK

1970s

Here’s Lucy

Burton stars in an episode entitled, ‘Lucy meets the Burtons’.

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Country:
USA

24 Hours

Burton is interviewed between rehearsals for the film Under Milk Wood in Fishguard.

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BBC WAC TVART5 file 3
Country:
UK

A World of Love

In this documentary with Julie Andrews, Burton stars alongside Harry Belafonte, Bill Crosby, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine and Barbra Btreisand.

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USA

Success story: Look Back in Anger

Burton in discussion with Julian Jebb about the original production of the play Look Back in Anger.

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BBC WAC TVART5 file 3
Country:
UK

Divorce His – Divorce Hers

Burton and Taylor are cast in this two-part television drama as husband and wife, Jane and Martin Reynolds. The story documents the breakup of an 18-year old marriage, the first part revealing his point of view and the second part revealing hers.

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USA

Parkinson

Michael Parkinson interviews Burton on his career, life and latest role as Winston Churchill.

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BBC WAC TVART5 file 3
Country:
UK

Walk with Destiny

Burton plays Winston Churchill in this television story of the British Prime Minister, focusing on his place in British life prior to WW2. Burton’s friend and fellow actor Robert Hardy is cast as Von Ribbentrop. The programme is co-produced by NBC and the BBC, and is also known as The Gathering Storm.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
Country:
UK

Brief Encounter

A television remake of Noel Coward’s romantic weepy, Still Life that David Lean successfully made into the 1945 film classic, Brief Encounter. In this version, which was shown in America, Burton plays Alec Harvey and Sophia Loren plays Anna Jesson. Both characters are married strangers who, on meeting at a railway station, slip into a poignant affair.

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Country:
UK, USA

Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry

This documentary charts the life of the alcoholic writer Lowry who moved from England to Mexico and lived near the volcano Popocatepetl. Between drunken bouts he started to write the novel, Under the Volcano. It took him eight years to finish. The film is interspersed with readings by Burton from Lowry’s work.

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Country:
Cananda

CBS Salutes Lucy: the first 25 years

CBS gathers the stars to celebrate Lucille Ball’s television longevity. The roll call includes Burton, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr, Danny Kaye, Dean Martin, James Stewart, Dick Van Dyke and John Wayne.

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USA

Kane on Friday

Burton pays a flying visit to his home of Pontrhdyfen in South Wales. In a local pub he talks candidly to Vincent Kane about his family, work and marriage.

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BBC WAC TVART5 file 3
Country:
UK

Film 77

Barry Norman, movie journalist and commentator, interviews Burton on the set of his latest film, The Medusa Touch.

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BBC WAC TVART file 3
Country:
UK

Tonight

Ludovic Kennedy interviews Burton. The programme includes sequences with his wife Suzy and references to the premier of his latest film, Equus.

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BBC WAC TVART1 file 1
Country:
UK

Film 78

Barry Norman, movie journalist and commentator, interviews Burton.

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BBC WAC Tx 17.09.78
Country:
UK

The Hollywood Greats

Barry Norman presents a programme dedicated to the actor, Humphrey Bogart. Burton is interviewed along with other screen stars.

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BBC WAC Tx 07.07.79
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UK

The Man with No Name

Burton takes part in the programme that profiles the actor Clint Eastwood.

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BBC WAC Tx 30.12.79
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UK

1980s

A Touch of Glory

In celebration of 100 years of Welsh Rugby Football, Burton talks about a sport that he loved and excelled at in his youth.

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BBC WAC Tx 31.10.80
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UK

The Fall Guy

Burton makes a cameo performance in this classic 1980s prime time television show.

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Country:
USA

Reputations

Burton is the focus of an episode of this series that places well-known reputations under the spotlight. John Osborne, Sir Ralph Richardson and Jonathan Miller add insight.

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BBC WAC Tx 27.07.82
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UK

Gala Performance

Burton introduces the Welsh National Opera before it performs opera extracts in the presence of Princess Diana.

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BBC WAC Tx 29.10.82
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UK

Omnibus

This programme, under the subtitle, Brits on Broadway, reports on the success of British theatre in the USA. Amongst others, it includes, amongst others, interviews with Burton, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn and David Hare.

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BBC WAC Tx 07.11.82
Country:
UK

Wagner

This huge nine-hour biographical panorama of the life and times of Wagner includes an impressive cast. Burton plays Wagner, Vanessa Redgrave as Cosima von Bulow, John Gielgud as Pfistermeister, Ralph Richardson as Pfordten, and Laurence Olivier as Pfeufer. Filming took place over seven months, in Switzerland, Bavaria, Venice, Sienna and Hungary.

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Country:
Austria, Hungary, UK

Alice in Wonderland

Kate Burton stars in the leading role in this adaptation of Eva LeGallienne’s stage production with her father playing the White Knight.

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Country:
Canada

Burton: A portrait of a Superstar

This film profile includes interviews with Burton, his great friend Robert Hardy and his mentor Philip Burton.

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BBC WAC Tx 23.02.83
Country:
UK

Ellis Island

A television mini-series charting the fortunes of immigrants entering the USA at the beginning of the twentieth century. Burton is Phipps Ogden, a wealthy US Senator. Kate Burton, his daughter, stars as Ogden’s daughter. This was Burton’s last role and the series was shown on television after his death.

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Country:
USA