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Shakespeare Re-Told is a 2005 British mini-series produced by The BBC.

It consists of four adaptations of William Shakespeare plays. They are updated to the modern day, with modern sensibilities.


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    Much Ado About Nothing 
A retelling of Much Ado About Nothing adapted by David Nicholls and directed by Brian Percival. It stars Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis, Billie Piper, Martin Jarvis, Tom Ellis and Derek Riddell.
  • The Alcoholic: Don
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Claude is very flat while the crew is trying to pretend that Beatrice loves Benedick
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: As usual.
  • Brainless Beauty: Hero starts out this way.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Shakespeare exists in universe, but it is never stated as to whether the play the story is based on was written.
  • Daddy's Girl: Hero
  • Deadpan Snarker: Beatrice
  • Easily Forgiven: A major departure from the original. Rather than welcoming Claudio back when she finds out he was tricked, Hero is irate that he believed so easily she could be unfaithful. While he does beg her forgiveness, this adaptation has Hero telling him she may forgive him but it will take time and even if they get back together, it won't be like before.
  • Fiery Redhead: Benedick. Beatrice also has a reddish tint to her hair, and attends the costume party as Elizabeth I, another well-known Fiery Redhead.
  • Human-Interest Story: Beatrice wants to cover one about the closure of a nursing home.
  • Monster Clown: Invoked by Don's creepy party costume.
  • Nice Guy: Peter the director.
  • Those Two Guys: The security guards.
  • The Voiceless: Vincent, the younger security guard
  • Wham Line: "Wrong side."
  • Wham Shot: After the above line, Claudio and Benedick swap places with the latter taking the position of the groom, followed by a shot of Beatrice being the bride.

    Macbeth 
A retelling of Macbeth adapted by Peter Moffat and directed by Mark Brozel. It stars Vincent Regan, James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, Joseph Millson, Toby Kebbell and Richard Armitage.

    The Taming of the Shrew 
A retelling of The Taming of the Shrew adapted by Sally Wainwright and directed by David Richards. It stars Shirley Henderson, Rufus Sewell, Jaime Murray, Stephen Tompkinson, Twiggy and David Mitchell.
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream 
A retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream adapted by Peter Bowker and directed by Ed Fraiman. It stars Bill Paterson, Imelda Staunton, Zoe Tapper, William Ash, Rupert Evans, Sharon Small, Lennie James and Dean Lennox Kelly.
  • 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.

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