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Much Ado About Nothing (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | TV Movie 22 December 1984
Benedick and Beatrice fight their merry war of words. But when Beatrice's friend, Hero, is humiliatingly jilted by Benedick's best friend, Claudio, Benedick has to choose which side he's on... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Burge

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Montague ... Leonato
Tim Faulkner ... Messenger
Cherie Lunghi ... Beatrice
Katharine Levy Katharine Levy ... Hero
Jon Finch ... Don Pedro
Robert Lindsay ... Benedick
Robert Reynolds Robert Reynolds ... Claudio
Gordon Whiting Gordon Whiting ... Antonio
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Don John
Robert Gwilym ... Conrade
Tony Rohr ... Borachio
Pamela Moiseiwitsch Pamela Moiseiwitsch ... Margaret
Ishia Bennison Ishia Bennison ... Ursula
Oz Clarke Oz Clarke ... Balthasar
Ben Losh Ben Losh ... Boy
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Benedick and Beatrice fight their merry war of words. But when Beatrice's friend, Hero, is humiliatingly jilted by Benedick's best friend, Claudio, Benedick has to choose which side he's on. But unknown to all, Claudio's been tricked by the bastard Don John, and (unfortunately), it's up to Dogberry and Verges to solve the case. Written by Kathy Li

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

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Version of Lyubovyu za lyubov (1983) See more »

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A splendid villain
11 October 2009 | by kmoh-1See all my reviews

As most of the other comments point out this is an excellent and faithful performance, to the text and to the period. It is theatrical rather than cinematic, as with virtually all of this BBC complete Shakespeare, rendering comparison with the Branagh futile - it is comparing chalk and cheese.

Here, the comedy is brilliantly rendered, with several laugh-out-loud moments and enjoyably over the top acting. It is particularly fun to see Robert Lindsay at the masque - his movements of body and head are so characteristic of him that he is extremely easy to recognise even in his mask.

However, none of the comments so far have mentioned what for me is the stand-out performance of the play, Vernon Dobtcheff's Don John. This is an excellent, understated expression of pure villainy, snake-like, ruthless and sly, counterpointing the exuberant comedy elsewhere perfectly.


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