A British mini-series consisting of four Shakespeare plays updated to the modern day with modern sensibilities.
The series overall
Much Ado About NothingMacbethThe Taming of the ShrewA Midsummer Night's Dream
- Hey, It's That Guy!
- Values Dissonance: The comedies in particular work hard to avert this in the adaptation: for example, by having Hero realise her need for independence from controlling men and so refuse to take Claudio back at the end of Much Ado; by having Petruchio become a contented househusband while Kate continues her career in The Taming of the Shrew (essentially a Gender Flip of Kate becoming a meek and compliant wife at the end of the original); and by having the Dream end with the older couple renewing their wedding vows instead of a bunch of twenty-somethings - who've only just sorted out their complex love lives and have only been with their current partners for a couple of days - getting hitched immediately.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Puck does this constantly.
- Composite Character: Egeus (Hermia's father) and Theseus (the Duke of Athens) are combined into a single character named Theo.
- Theseus's fiancée Hippolyta becomes Polly, Theo's wife of many years and mother of Hermia, so this may also count. (Hermia's mother never appears in the original play, but it's a fair bet that she existed at some point.)
- Interspecies Romance: Titania and Oberon.