A modern re-telling of four William Shakespeare stories.
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Nick Malinowski ...  Bin Man / ... 2 episodes, 2005
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Four of William Shakespeare's plays are given a completely modern makeover. There's biting remarks and a chance at love at a TV studio (Much Ado About Nothing); murder and madness at a Glaswegian restaurant (Macbeth); insults and passion between an aristocrat and a rising politician (The Taming of the Shrew); and mayhem and love potions mix at an unusual theme-resort (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Written by L. Hamre

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Shakespeare retold through our times.

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English

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7 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Шекспир на новый лад See more »

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Former BBC Director-General and Managing Director of Television Alasdair Milne described this series as "preposterous and perverse and foolish to reject the greatest dramatist that has ever lived and have him rewritten". See more »

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Review of Macbeth
19 July 2015 | by mking-33291See all my reviews

This adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, done by the BBC, places the medieval tragedy inside a modern kitchen. Joe Macbeth is played by James MacAvoy, the heart and soul of the restaurant, and its true lead chef. Duncan is in charge of the restaurant and, for appearances only, is the official head chef, though he is never seen cooking for the kitchen. He is charming and beloved by all, and, though Macbeth resents him for taking the credit, he also loves him.

The film emphasizes the repeated symbolism of animals and the theme of blood from the play well, and it is clear through Ella (Lady) Macbeth's madness that they have their same effect in the film. The dark comedic scenes were a great homage to those done by Shakespeare and his acting troupe.

The highest points of the film were the superb acting, because of the skilled and experienced cast, and the great adaptation of the lines from Shakespearan prose to modern British English.


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