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A British mini-series consisting of four Shakespeare plays updated to the modern day with modern sensibilities

Much Ado About Nothing

Macbeth

The Taming of the Shrew

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: And how.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Tim. And Harry to extent.
  • Berserk Button: Kate, she's like a female Don from Sexy Beast.
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  • Boisterous Bruiser: The first thing Petruchio does is to break open a door to his his only friend, Harry.
  • Crossdresser: Petruchio gets these urges sometimes, usually at the most inappropriate moments.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Harry does this after Bianca dumps him.
  • Gold Digger: Petruchio wants to get to married to pay off his debts.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Kate seems permanently furious.
  • Hot-Blooded: Petruchio gets over hangovers by fighting them.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Petruchio has a title and an estate but no liquid assets.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: According to Harry, underneath all the bluster Petruchio is just a big kid who wants someone to think the world of him.
  • Jerkass: Kate at first, but she mellows. Bianca seems to be something of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Love at First Sight: Petruchio to Kate (surprisingly).
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  • Missing Mom: Petruchio's mother left when he was six.
  • The Napoleon: Kate gets this treatment especially coupled with her political aspirations.
  • No Name Given: Petruchio is never named as such in the entirety of the film.
  • Prenup Blowup: Bianca, a supermodel in this version of the story, asks her gorgeous-but-penniless fiance to sign one. He is insulted, and refuses. Katherine, Bianca's older sister, tells her that if she doesn't trust him enough to marry him without the prenup then she shouldn't be marrying him at all.
  • Romancing the Widow: Harry
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kate and Bianca respectively.
  • Workaholic: Kate's diary has a full work day but in the evening she's emptying the bin.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • 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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