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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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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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Gordon Ramsay is a well-known and successful British chef and restaurateur, and has made many television programs about restaurants and cooking. 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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Written by Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth
Performed by Keeley Hawes
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Keeley was superb
29 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Is there any role that the wonderfully versatile Keeley Hawes cannot tackle? She was certainly the mainstay as "Ella (Lady) Macbeth" in this decent modern adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth", aided by excellent performances by all, except perhaps James McAvoy who to my mind somewhat overplayed the title role a tad. I also thought that the script, though clever, was a little disjointed.

I wasn't sure at first whether or not the restaurant setting would work, and it did indeed take a little while to get used to, but once the play settled, it turned out to be quite an inventive interpretation, with good use of lighting to create a suitably Gothic-like atmosphere.

I can't say this was the best production of "Macbeth" I've ever witnessed, but it was by no means the worst, and if only for Keeley's performance alone, it was well worth seeing.

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