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"ShakespeaRe-Told" Much Ado About Nothing (2005)

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Original Air Date:
7 November 2005 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Tensions mount in the TV studio when a take-charge anchor is reunited with a man she has a "history" with. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Sarah Parish ... Beatrice

Damian Lewis ... Benedick
Andrew Barclay ... Taxi Driver

George Couyas ... Waiter

Martin Jarvis ... Leonard

Olivia Colman ... Ursula

Tom Ellis ... Claudio

Derek Riddell ... Don

Patrick Ryecart ... Keith

Billie Piper ... Hero

Nina Sosanya ... Margaret
Anthony O'Donnell ... Mr Berry
Rasmus Hardiker ... Vince

Michael Smiley ... Peter
Henrietta Clemett ... Girl in Club

Lorna Brown ... Receptionist
George Potts ... Vicar
Rufus Jones ... Doctor
Charon Georgette ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Loten ... TV Studio Worker (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Brian Percival 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Nicholls  writer
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Laura Mackie .... executive producer
Carmel Maloney .... line producer
Kathryn Mitchell .... executive producer: BBC America
Diederick Santer .... producer
Patrick Spence .... executive producer
Original Music by
Tim Atack 
Cinematography by
Peter Greenhalgh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kristina Hetherington 
Casting by
Di Carling 
Production Design by
Claire Kenny 
Art Direction by
Henry Jaworski 
Costume Design by
Ralph Wheeler-Holes  (as Ralph Holes)
Makeup Department
Kevin Alexander .... hair stylist
Kevin Alexander .... makeup artist
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... hair designer
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... makeup designer
Louise Luxton .... hair stylist (as Louise Nockles)
Louise Luxton .... makeup artist (as Louise Nockles)
Production Management
Alice Greenland .... post-production supervisor
Caroline McManus .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deborah Bowser .... first assistant director (as Debbie Bowser)
Heidi Gower .... third assistant director
Chris Stoaling .... second assistant director (as Christopher Stoaling)
Art Department
Rob Anderson .... construction coordinator
Caroline Barclay .... stand-by art director
Paul Campbell .... dressing props
Noel Cowell .... stand-by props
Chris Cull .... property master
Andy Fox .... stand-by carpenter
Georgina Millett .... art department assistant
Simon Riley .... stand-by props
Stephen Thomson .... dressing props
Sophie Tyler .... production buyer
Sound Department
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Graham Headicar .... sound editor
Stuart Hilliker .... dubbing mixer
Becki Ponting .... dialogue editor
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... foley recordist & editor
Lee Walpole .... sound effects editor
Bruce Wills .... sound recordist
Steve Wright .... sound maintenance
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Ackland .... clapper loader
Perry Evans .... gaffer
Alan Grosch .... generator operator
Andy Kendall .... grip
Ted McFadden .... stand-by rigger
Jamie Mills .... electrician
Ossa Mills .... best boy
Dean Murray .... camera trainee
Steve Murray .... a-camera/steadicam operator
Steve Murray .... camera operator
Jay Jay Odedra .... focus puller (as Jay Odedra)
Ricky Pattenden .... electrician
David Sinfield .... electrician
Casting Department
Rebecca Wright .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ian Fulcher .... assistant costume designer
Vanessa Lingham .... costume stand-by
Editorial Department
Lisa Clifford-Owen .... assistant editor
Kevin Horsewood .... colorist
Victoria Stevens .... assistant editor
Mike Williams .... on-line editor (as Michael Williams)
Music Department
Matt Kaleda .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Nigel Venables .... facilities driver
Other crew
Biola Bankole .... assistant accountant
Paul Bennett .... floor runner
Rupert Bray .... location manager
Ruairidh Elms .... production runner
Jethro Ensor .... assistant location manager
Kate Evans .... script editor
Tara Houghton .... publicist
Neil Jones .... production accountant
Kathleen McLynn .... assistant to producer
Tania Neumann .... production secretary
Jane Record .... picture publicist
Gordon Ronald .... production executive
Emma Thomas .... script supervisor
Kate Thornton .... production coordinator
Marc Vincent .... location assistant

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Additional Details

90 min
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Some of the cast have appeared in "Doctor Who".See more »
Continuity: At the fancy dress party for the new crew, Margaret Ursula and Hero are seen in the room upstairs talking. As Don is seen going upstairs towards the room you can see Ursula dancing at the foot of the stairs. When he reaches the room he hears them talking and the door opens. He runs away. Ursula comes out of the room with Margaret and Hero, but only seconds ago Ursula was downstairs and she had not come up whilst Don was there.See more »
Beatrice:Don't you dare walk away when I'm shouting at you!See more »
Movie Connections:
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not bad at all..., 17 May 2006
Author: sarastro7

The new 2005 BBC series of updated modern-language Shakespeare TV movies is currently being shown Wednesday nights on Danish television. I missed one or two, but I caught Macbeth, which didn't impress me terribly, and last night they showed Much Abo About Nothing. This was a lot better than the Macbeth installment. It managed to maintain most of the structure of the original play, while changing some things (including significant parts of the ending) to keep it simpler and fresh. It was nowhere near the quality of a genuine Shakespeare play, although the acting certainly wasn't bad. Billie Piper's Hero impressed particularly, whereas I was not too taken with the actress portraying Beatrice. Benedick and Claude were played by types who reminded a lot - almost too much - of the Branagh movie's equivalents, but as I am a huge fan of Branagh's movie, this is not something that annoys me.

This version did have some shortcomings, such as a much too small role for Peter (Don Pedro), and, of course, the lack of the original Bard text, and I also felt it was more interested in being entertaining than in being any kind of complex literary comedy. But while the Macbeth episode of this series seemed contrived and simplified to the point of massive dilution, the Much Ado episode worked far better,despite being a very straight (and, again, simplified) version of the original. It seemed to me like it had been immensely easy to write; nothing much more than rephrasing parts of the Shakespeare dialog into modern language and changing the setting. Still, it was done with remarkable flair. Certainly Shakespeare Lite at the end of the day, but not bad at all.

7 out of 10.

Next Wednesday it's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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