Shakespeare Retold

BBC Premiered Jan 01, 2005 Unknown


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Shakespeare Retold is a dramatic four-part TV series developed by BBC One that focuses on a modern adaptation of four of William Shakespeare's beloved plays. David Nicholls's Much Ado About Nothing moves the romantic intrigue from Messina to a local news studio with the bickering couple of Beatrice (Sarah Parish) and Benedick (Damian Lewis) as its anchors and the lovely but gullible Hero (Billie Piper) tries to cope with her engagement to Claude (Tom Ellis) and the unwanted attentions of Don (Derek Riddell). Peter Moffat's Macbeth follows the jealousies and uprisings within the world of celebrity chefs as Joe Macbeth (James McAvoy), a sous chef, deals with his credit-taking boss Duncan Docherty (Vincent Regan), his power-hungry wife Ella (Keeley Hawes), and the righteous Peter Macduff (Richard Armitage). Sally Wainwright takes on The Taming of the Shrew to a political realm when an abrasive career politician, Katherine Minola (Shirley Henderson), is pushed to marry a penniless nobleman Petruchio (Rufus Sewell) because it would be good for her career. Lastly, in Peter Bowker's A Midsummer Night's Dream the whole world turns upside down when an engagement party turns disastrous for Hermia (Zoe Tapper) and James (William Ash) as her true love Xander (Rupert Evans) crashes the party while security guard Nick Bottom (Johnny Vegas) tries to finagle his way into the limelight.moreless

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 11/28/2005

Season 1 : Episode 4

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Comedy, Drama


Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy