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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

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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The inaugural episode of BBC Shakespeare was originally set to be a production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Donald McWhinnie, and starring Penelope Keith and Michael York. The episode was shot (for £250,000), edited and even publicly announced as the opening of the series, before it was suddenly pulled from the schedule and replaced with Romeo & Juliet (which was supposed to air as the second episode). No reasons were given by the BBC for this decision, although initial newspaper reports suggested that the episode had not been abandoned, it had simply been postponed for re-shoots, due to an unspecified actor's "very heavy accent," and concerns that US audiences would not be able to understand the dialogue. However, as time wore on, and no reshoots materialised, the press began to speculate that the show had been cancelled entirely, and would be replaced at a later date by a completely new adaptation, which was in fact what happened. The press also pointed out that the fact that the production was never shown in Britain rubbished any suggestion that the prevailing cause for the abandonment was to do with accents. Indeed, there is evidence to suggest that BBC management simply regarded the production as a failure. See more »

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a sparkling production
15 December 2012 | by mhk11See all my reviews

I concur with the predominantly favorable assessments of this production that have already been posted. Robert Lindsay and Cherie Lunghi are both excellent, and Katharine Levy is likewise outstanding in the role of Hero. Robert Reynolds (presumably intentionally) makes clear how repellent Claudio is, as he delivers a fine performance in that difficult role. Jon Finch emphasizes the silly and decadent dimension of the role of Don Pedro, in a capable performance that could have been enriched with a bit more gravitas. Michael Elphick is far, far better -- far, far funnier -- in the role of Dogberry than was Michael Keaton in Kenneth Branagh's cinematic version of the play.

My only complaint relates to Graham Crowden in the role of Friar Francis. He conveys the impression of not having memorized his part very well; his intonation in his recitation of some of his key lines is decidedly odd.


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