Talking Heads is a British television series created by English actor and playwright Alan Bennett (A Dance to the Music of Time, The Abbey) for BBC1 and later BBC2 as well. The show consists of a series of dramatic monologues dealing with various subjects, including death, guilt, and isolation, in which the characters are played by different well-known actors and actress, such as Dame Julie Walters, Dame Patricia Routledge, and Dame Penelope Wilton. Talking Heads ran in 1988 and consists of two series of six episodes each. Creator Alan Bennett has received enormous critical acclaim for the concept and execution of the show, which has even lead to the monologues having been included on the official A-level and GCSE English literature syllabus. Some of the show's episodes have also aired in the United States on PBS as part of the popular Masterpiece Theatre series.