ShakespeaRe-Told: Season 1, Episode 2

Macbeth (14 Nov. 2005)

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A chef and his restaurant-hostess wife resort to murder to take ownership of a high-class Glaswegian restaurant.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ella Macbeth
Peter Macduff
Harry Gibby
Gregory Chisholm ...
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Barry Ward ...
Packy Lee ...
Matthew Dunphy ...
DCI Varley


In a modern retelling of William Shakespeare's "Scottish play," three strange garbage collectors make a glorious prediction for head chef Joe Macbeth's future. With his wife Ella goading him on, Macbeth makes plans to take ownership of the high-class Glaswegian restaurant where they are both employed. The first step: murder owner and celebrity-chef Duncan... Written by L. Hamre

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The line spoken by Harry Gibby, the health inspector - "...the sins of a bloke what has made me work for my pound of flesh..." - is a reference to another play by William Shakespeare, 'The Merchant of Venice'. See more »


[Malcolm unwittingly makes a faux pas by mentioning the name of TV chef Gordon Ramsay]
Joe Macbeth: If I make a mistake, it hurts me. Do you understand that? I mean, actual physical pain.
Malcolm: That's very 'Gordon Ramsay'.
[stunned silence]
Roddy Maloney: We don't use that name in this kitchen. Didn't your father tell you?
Billy: It's bad luck to say it out loud. Just call him 'The Scottish Chef'.
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19 November 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The second in the series of B.B.C.'s "Shakespeare Re-told" this version of "Macbeth" is a huge disappointment after "Much Ado About Nothing" last week. The writers succeeded in complicating this most straight forward of Shakespearian tragedies. The dark mood of the original is preserved but the pace is slow and the plot tedious. Decent performances from the leading characters do little to lift this dull production out of the dramatic mire. Transferring Shakespeare's great portrayal of power and ambition to a twenty-first century restaurant was always going to be problematical, but to be honest, this is a botched effort that should have been aborted half way through the project.

Interesting updating of the witches to bin men on a dump though.

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