ShakespeaRe-Told (2005– )
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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:
... Joe Macbeth
... Ella Macbeth
... Billy Banquo
... Duncan Docherty
... Peter Macduff
... Harry Gibby
... Maurice
... Barry
... Andy
... Malcolm
Gregory Chisholm ... Jonny Boy
... Roddy
Packy Lee ... Heaney
Matthew Dunphy ... Doyle
... 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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[Malcolm unwittingly makes a faux pas by mentioning the name of TV chef Gordon Ramsay]
Joe Macbeth: If I make a mistake, it hurts me. Do you understand that? I mean, actual physical pain.
Malcolm: That's very 'Gordon Ramsay'.
[stunned silence]
Roddy Maloney: We don't use that name in this kitchen. Didn't your father tell you?
Billy: It's bad luck to say it out loud. Just call him 'The Scottish Chef'.
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5 December 2005 | by See 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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