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The Taming of the Shrew 

A young harridan MP marries a title in order to advance towards her goal of becoming party leader.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Kate Minola
... Tim Agnew
... John Naps
... Bianca Minola
Federico Zanni ... Tranio
... Lucentio
... Harry
... Mrs. Minola (as Twiggy Lawson)
Yves Aubert ... French Waiter
... Petruchio
Paul McNeilly ... Scary Yob
... Journalist
... Vicar
... Elaine
David Weber ... Barman
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Storyline

Katherine is extremely abrasive in her dealings with everyone, both in Parliament and her personal life. Her sister Bianca couldn't be more different -- a popular model whom everyone loves. Bianca's long time manager wants to marry her; in order to put him off she says she won't marry until her sister is wed (a prospect she knows will keep her safe.) So her manager arranges his friend -- who is a titled Earl -- to meet and marry Kate and the battle is on. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 November 2005 (UK)  »

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They prepared 3 tables and 3 carpets for the scene in which Katherine flips the table over. Each had glasses made of sugar glass and wax plates. All the meals had to be salad so that the food wouldn't melt the plates. Luckily they did it in one take and were able to move out the restaurant so that it could open for lunch. See more »

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As Harry and Petruchio are getting out of the elevator Harry says, 'You're mad,' and Petruchio begins to adjust his pants. The camera goes to the next shot and Petruchio's hands are back down at his side, and begins to adjust his pants once again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kate: Fathead!
[she slaps him]
Tim Agnew: You hit me!
Kate: You gave me that information. You made me look like a political pygmy, on Newsnight. Your job, in case you weren't concentrating, is to make sure I know what I'm pigging well talking about!
Tim Agnew: You're out of order, Katherine. I'm sorry, but good grief!
Kate: And you're sacked! No wonder this party has been the opposition for the last ten million light years!
Tim Agnew: You can't sack me, and, frankly, I'd appreciate an apology. Otherwise...
Kate: Otherwise?
Tim Agnew: If we're to ...
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Connections

Version of Makacs Kata (1943) See more »

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The Most laughter i have Had in many Many years
21 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

From the very outset, I was "dubled up" with laughter induced only by what I saw and heard from this excellent piece of work. The fact that "venom has no smell" made the complete picture of this all so fantastic. The photography, the cameras use of motion in a single frame was so French................ I LOVED EVERY SINGLE NANo SECOND.. Recommend this Paly for T.V. A Must for everyone who knows the Play, watched the Dramatics, seen it as it was written and how it has been so magnificently transfered to a modern day with so much, Oh So much of the original. Want to see this again and again.......I would never have thought that someone could take the brilliance of Shakespeares Taming Of The Shrew and be able to put this kind of production to the small screen. The character Tomlinson played was just so much of what I viewed as the asides on stage and on screen yet brilliant in every move and word he uttered


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