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Season 1 Episode 1

Romeo and Juliet

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Aired Unknown Dec 03, 1978 on BBC Two
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Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo is the son and heir of Lord Montague of the Italian city of Verona. One night, he goes (masked) to a dance held by the Capulets, the Montagues' bitter rivals. There, Romeo falls head over heels for Juliet Capulet, and a few days later they are secretly married by the obliging Friar Lawrence. However, they decide not to tell their families. Unluckily, Romeo then gets into a fight and is banished from Verona, and Juliet's father promises her in marriage to another young fellow, Paris. Juliet unwisely agrees to a crazy plan suggested by Friar Lawrence, and she takes a drug which will make her seem dead for two days. So Juliet gets a premature funeral and is put into the Capulet family vault, expecting Romeo to collect her when she wakes up. However, Friar Lawrence bungles again, and Romeo fails to get his message, so of course he believes Juliet is really dead. Romeo kills Paris, then drinks poison and dies by Juliet's side. Juliet then wakes up, and when she finds Romeo's body she stabs herself to death. As a result of this (it's pretty unlikely, though) the Montague and Capulet lords make up their ancient quarrel and a new friendship blossoms between the warring factions. Make love, not war.moreless

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