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Macbeth 

A chef and his restaurant-hostess wife resort to murder to take ownership of a high-class Glaswegian restaurant.

Director:

Mark Brozel
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Joe Macbeth
Keeley Hawes ... Ella Macbeth
Joseph Millson ... Billy Banquo
Vincent Regan ... Duncan Docherty
Richard Armitage ... Peter Macduff
Philip Whitchurch ... Harry Gibby
Richard Ridings ... Maurice
Ralph Ineson ... Barry
Charles Abomeli ... Andy
Toby Kebbell ... Malcolm
Gregory Chisholm Gregory Chisholm ... Jonny Boy
Barry Ward ... Roddy
Packy Lee ... Heaney
Matthew Dunphy Matthew Dunphy ... Doyle
Clive Brunt ... DCI Varley
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Billy's line "Just call him 'The Scottish Chef'" is a sly reference to the superstition in the theatre that it is bad luck to mention the title "Macbeth" - instead it is usually referred to euphemistically as "The Scottish Play". See more »

Quotes

Joe Macbeth: Actually, do you know what I love about squid?
Billy: What do you love about squid?
Joe Macbeth: The name. Nobody knows where it came from. It just appeared one day in the 17th century. It's like...
[pause]
Joe Macbeth: It's like God... parted the heavens, reached down to us and went: "There you are, people. Squid"
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Connections

Version of Macbeth (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby I Love You
Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
Performed by James McAvoy
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fabulous
5 December 2005 | by bigtvguruSee all my reviews

I thought this was an absolutely stunning production. It was beautifully crafted and slick. James Macavoy is fabulous as Macbeth, charismatic, brooding and intense. Keeley Hawes is also superb. This high standard was maintained by the rest of the cast. I think Joe Milson (Billy) also deserves a special mention.

The whole thing is set in a dark claustrophobic atmosphere which is skilfully fused with the vibrancy and energy of the kitchen in a Michelin starred restaurant. I loved the bin men - what a clever idea. Plus the tone of eerie humour whenever they appear adds further dimension to the film.

The pace is just right, time enough to drink in the atmosphere and empathise with Macbeth's plight before being drawn along with him on his inexorable journey. The only fault with this production is that it wasn't shown on the big screen.


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