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A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Mis-directed love potions complicate an already complicated set of relationships.


Ed Fraiman




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paterson ... Theo
Imelda Staunton ... Polly
Lennie James ... Oberon
Sharon Small ... Titania
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Puck
William Ash ... James
Zoë Tapper ... Hermia
Rupert Evans ... Zander
Michelle Bonnard ... Helena
Johnny Vegas ... Bottom
Simon Day Simon Day ... Quince
Mina Anwar ... Flute
Ben Crompton ... Snug
Emmanuel Ighodaro ... Snout
Andy Williams Andy Williams ... Geoff


During an engagement party thrown by Theo and Polly for their daughter Hermia and James, a man she grew up with but doesn't really love, Hermia's true love Xander shows up. After Hermia declares her engagement to James is off, it becomes clear that her best friend Helena has been in love with James all along. When the King and Queen of the Fairies (themselves feuding) decide to straighten things out with a love potion, their meddling goes terribly wrong and the relationships between all those involved become even murkier than they were. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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28 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Bottom's first name is Nicholas - knicker-less. See more »


[Theo tells Polly how much he loves her]
Theo: I've loved you, Polly, for as long as I've known you. But somewhere, somewhere along the way I stopped telling you. And that is why I'm so glad that here today in front of our friends and our loved ones, I'm able to tell you exactly what is in my heart. And this'll surprise you because it certainly surprised me: I've written a poem.
Theo: Yours is the voice I hope to hear / When my phone says "One missed call". / Yours are the hands I want holding my ladder / ...
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Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959) See more »


The Last Blast
Written by Andy Dragazis, Chris Carr, Jon Chandler
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18 January 2006 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

This is an entertaining production, which is refreshing and well-acted. If you previously didn't go for the whimsy of Shakespeare's MSN, you may well find it much more accessible in this modern version set at a kind of holiday camp (Centerparcs meets Butlins, for British readers). There is some good acting (e.g. Puck), too.

On the downside, there are some dodgy, wandering accents, and Sharon Small (who is normally great as Havers in Inspector Linley) sadly seems to flit from American, to Estuary, to Scottish. Her overdone painted face does her no favours either.

I hope the BBC will do another series of modernized Shakespeare. For those who haven't seen them, "Much ado about nothing" from the first series is also very good, but my tip is to steer clear of "Macbeth" and "Taming of the Shrew".

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