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Much Ado About Nothing 

Tensions mount in the TV studio when a take-charge anchor is reunited with a man she has a "history" with.

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Brian Percival
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Parish ... Beatrice
Damian Lewis ... Benedick
Andrew Barclay ... Taxi Driver
George Couyas ... Waiter
Martin Jarvis ... Leonard
Olivia Colman ... Ursula
Tom Ellis ... Claudio
Derek Riddell ... Don
Patrick Ryecart ... Keith
Billie Piper ... Hero
Nina Sosanya ... Margaret
Anthony O'Donnell ... Mr Berry
Rasmus Hardiker ... Vince
Michael Smiley ... Peter
Henrietta Clemett Henrietta Clemett ... Girl in Club
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Storyline

When her incompetent TV news co-host is fired, Beatrice winds up working again with Benedict, towards whom she has nothing but disgust. Meanwhile weather girl Hero falls in love with a young man new to the station (much to the dismay of her not-so-secret admirer.) As Bea and Ben trade one-liners, their co-workers tell each that the other is really in love with her/him, which leads them to re-think their own feelings. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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Some of the cast have appeared in "Doctor Who". See more »

Goofs

When Don arrives at the party you can see he has not drawn on any black eyebrows yet later you see him with black eyebrows drawn high on his forehead. This happens continuously throughout the party scene See more »

Quotes

Benedick: I'm just making myself decent!
Beatrice: Can I wait that long?
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Connections

Version of Much Ado About Nothing (1937) See more »

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True
Written by Gary Kemp
Spandau Ballet
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Not bad at all...
17 May 2006 | by sarastro7See all my reviews

The new 2005 BBC series of updated modern-language Shakespeare TV movies is currently being shown Wednesday nights on Danish television. I missed one or two, but I caught Macbeth, which didn't impress me terribly, and last night they showed Much Abo About Nothing. This was a lot better than the Macbeth installment. It managed to maintain most of the structure of the original play, while changing some things (including significant parts of the ending) to keep it simpler and fresh. It was nowhere near the quality of a genuine Shakespeare play, although the acting certainly wasn't bad. Billie Piper's Hero impressed particularly, whereas I was not too taken with the actress portraying Beatrice. Benedick and Claude were played by types who reminded a lot - almost too much - of the Branagh movie's equivalents, but as I am a huge fan of Branagh's movie, this is not something that annoys me.

This version did have some shortcomings, such as a much too small role for Peter (Don Pedro), and, of course, the lack of the original Bard text, and I also felt it was more interested in being entertaining than in being any kind of complex literary comedy. But while the Macbeth episode of this series seemed contrived and simplified to the point of massive dilution, the Much Ado episode worked far better,despite being a very straight (and, again, simplified) version of the original. It seemed to me like it had been immensely easy to write; nothing much more than rephrasing parts of the Shakespeare dialog into modern language and changing the setting. Still, it was done with remarkable flair. Certainly Shakespeare Lite at the end of the day, but not bad at all.

7 out of 10.

Next Wednesday it's A Midsummer Night's Dream.


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