Box of Broadcasts (Learning on Screen)

The entire digitised BBC broadcast archive Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is available to access via Shibboleth (institutional) log-in. You will need to go to ‘sign in’, search for ‘University of Cambridge’ in the where are you from box, sign in with Raven and then follow the instructions to create an account.

Access is only available within the UK to everything apart from the BBC news reports.

From the Learning on Screen website:

The BBC archive is arguably global broadcasting’s most significant collection of TV and radio assets, and we are delighted to be able to offer such valuable and exciting content to our members. It includes millions of TV and radio programmes, including major cultural events as well as iconic dramas and landmark comedy programmes.

We have relished digging out gems from the archive in preparation for the ‘access all archives for education’ initiative, and we have already added over 2500 historic BBC broadcasts to BoB. This includes all episodes of Arena and Play for Today, as well as early episodes of Horizon, the BBC Television Shakespeare, Omnibus and more.

“The inclusion of historic BBC materials has replenished BoB with a new richness, and users will discover that actively searching the platform repays their efforts.”

Gil Toffell, our Academic Research Manager, has delved into the BoB archive in our latest edition of ViewFinder Magazine where he discusses the wealth of BBC material in BoB. You can read his article here.

Here is a small selection of our BBC content in BoB to get you started:

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

New e-resource: Digitalia Film Library

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to inform University members now have access to the Digitalia Film Library, a multilingual streaming video collection comprising more than 1200 films with a focus on Romance languages in general and Spanish in particular.

You can access the Digitalia Film Library via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries A-Z. Records for the individual films in the collection will be available via iDiscover shortly.

The Digitalia Film Library is the most complete collection from South and Central America. Titles in foreign languages have English subtitles available. The content mix is 35% documentaries and 65% feature films.

Digitalia Film Library (streaming video)  is a multilingual collection of films from Spain, France and other European countries, North American Classic films, and Latin American films from South America, Central America and Caribbean including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and others. This library now has approximately 1,200+ films.

From Around the World with Willy Fog (Spanish: La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog)

New eresource : Box of Broadcasts (Learning on Screen)

Box of Broadcasts, from Learning on Screen, is available to access via Shibboleth (institutional) log-in. You will need to go to ‘sign in’, search for ‘University of Cambridge’ in the where are you from box, sign in with Raven and then follow the instructions to create an account.

Access is only available within the UK to everything apart from the BBC news reports.

BoB searches the title, metadata and transcripts as well as the broadcast data of upcoming programmes.

To search for content, click on the ‘search’ button at the top of the page. You can search for individual programmes by entering your keywords and clicking the search icon. You can also use the tick box filters under ‘search options’ to adjust your search to precise specifications.

You can also use ‘AND’, ‘OR’, and ‘NOT’ search language to find the content you need. For example, if you need to find a film or TV adaption of the novel Frankenstein, you can search for: ‘Frankenstein’ AND ‘adaption’.

Quick guidance to using BoB:

  • You may: watch & listen to streamed* video/audio for educational and non-commercial use only within the United Kingdom; share and embed programmes, clips and playlists with other authorised users (any embedded videos must always acknowledge the source and title of the programme and the ERA licensing scheme – see text under each video on BoB).
  • You may not: make copies of the video/audio content; use the programmes for non-educational or for commercial use; alter or adapt the programmes apart from simple clip creation; use BoB from outside the United Kingdom; share your personal login credentials with others or make defamatory or abusive comments.

Video guides are available to help you with access to the site.

Learning on Screen provide a number of training courses with advice on making videos available for teaching as well as a number of teaching aids.

In order to use BoB you need to have a modern browser installed. Recommended browsers are:

  • Internet Explorer 11 – Windows 8 (and above)
  • Edge 12 (or later)
  • Mozilla Firefox 44 (or later)
  • Safari 8 (or later)
  • Google Chrome 49 (or later)

Earlier versions of these browsers may work but are not supported.

Text taken from the B.O.B.platform.

Terms and Conditions of use are available.

Image credits:

Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels

‘Help’ by Bart Maguire on Flickr –

Journal of British Cinema and Television

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z :

Journal of British Cinema and Television

From the Edinburgh University Press website:

“The Journal of British Cinema and Television is the prime site for anyone interested in reading or publishing original work in the fields of British cinema and television. Themed issues alternate with general ones, and each issue contains a wide range of articles and substantial book reviews. The Journal also runs conference reports, in-depth interviews with leading practitioners in the field, and a section intended to encourage debate amongst those studying British cinema and television.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2004) to present.

Access the Journal of British Cinema and Television via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Photo by Bruno Massao from Pexels


The Hollow Crown

The University of Cambridge now has access to The Hollow Crown, filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges , on the Drama Online platform.

The first series of The Hollow Crown brings together Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play.

In Series 2, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III, tell the story of ‘The Wars of the Roses’, an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge, these exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare’s most eloquent and powerful language.

The series was executive produced by Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris under Neal Street Productions in association with NBC Universal.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses – Gloucester (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Margaret (SOPHIE OKONEDO), Richard III (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Cecily (JUDI DENCH), Henry VI (TOM STURRIDGE) © BBC/Carnival Film & Television Ltd/Robert Viglasky

Films on Demand

Trial access has been enabled for University of Cambridge members to review the Films on Demand resource until 5 May 2016, alongside the trial of Kanopy.

Click on this link to access Films on Demand.

Films on Demandoffers unlimited access to thousands of videos and video clips.  Each full-length video has been segmented into predefined clips, making it easy to find specific pieces of content quickly. Videos are sourced from leading content providers such as the BBC, VEA, CNBC, First Run Features, Netherlands Public Broadcasting and hundreds of others. This resource is updated daily.

There are currently 11,000 titles, which are available in full or in 83,580 segments.  A full title list can be obtained on request to  Please note the support center and help links do not currently work off campus and we are investigating this issue with the provider.

Please send your feedback on Films on Demand to

BBC Shakespeare Archive login

Users of the BBC Shakespeare Archive can now login via Shibboleth.

Access to this resource was formerly via username and password supplied by the English Faculty Library or by ejournals@cambridge.

We’re pleased to inform this is no longer necessary.  Instead users can select University of Cambridge from the list of institutions and proceed to secure authentication via Raven.

Note the Login button only appears when you select a film, tv episode, etc. to view.  The original post on this item is here.

Any questions please get in touch by writing to


Good morrow, Benedick.   Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?

Much Ado, Act 5, Scene 4


Video in the academy

The presentation and discussion on “Video in the academy“, looking at the opportunities for developing our offering to students and staff in this area, gave us much to consider for the future.  The powerpoint presentation from Alexander Street Press is available here and, should you wish to explore further with ASP, the brochure on file conversion and media hosting is available here.

Thank you everyone very much for supporting this session.

Video in the Academy : Presentation and Discussion

Video in the Academy : Presentation & Discussion

Milstein Room, University Library

July 16 2014 – 10:00-11:30 am.

Presenter : Gareth Bish (Alexander Street Press)

This presentation will cover the significance, increasing demand for, and transformative role of streamed video for scholarly research and teaching.

While faculty, globally, are anticipating higher use of academic video, there are still a number of challenges faced when seeking to integrate video into academic practice.

This presentation will examine how these challenges have been addressed, to ensure the best practice of video use within academia – leading ultimately to enhanced learning experience and improved academic performance.

It will also invite participants to consider what more we need to do to help make the use of video more effective within the academy across the disciplines. As such, the session will include a live demonstration, and interactive/informal Q&A and discussion.

To book for this event please visit : Book For This Presentation.