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:
Peter Macduff
Harry Gibby
Gregory Chisholm ...
Jonny Boy
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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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14 November 2005 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Duncan: In another life, I'd make a pass at you.
Ella Macbeth: In another life, I'd let you.
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BBC doth murder Macbeth...
3 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Let's review an important fact: Any version of Shakespeare that doesn't feature the original text can only be intolerably watered down, both in terms of dialog and subtext.

That doesn't mean that a Shakespeare-inspired tale cannot be a success (witness Forbidden Planet, or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead). But this BBC re-imagining of Macbeth was a success only as a low-key standard drama - as such deserving perhaps a rating of 6 or 7. However, I have to evaluate it as a version of a Shakespeare story (which it was presented as), and as such it was sorely wanting. It was unbearably decompressed, to the extent that it felt like nothing was going on, and everything moved too slowly. It was Shakespeare Lite at its very litest and its most simplistic. You could be entertained by it, but you could learn very little about Shakespeare from it. I once saw some soap opera movie modeled very loosely on Othello (only with a happy ending). It was quite worthless, and this movie is in the same category. Actually, this should have been marketed simply as a slightly Shakespeare-inspired drama in its own right, and not as a modern version of Shakespeare, complete with the original play's title and all. Because it doesn't even begin to live up to the thing it's based on.

5 out of 10.

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