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ShakespeaRe-Told on BBC ONE


Starts Monday 7 November on BBC ONE


This autumn, the BBC brings Shakespeare and his stories to audiences with a variety of new programmes and initiatives across its services – television, radio, online and interactive.


Shakespeare on BBC ONE


Much Ado About Nothing


In David Nicholls' Much Ado About Nothing, Sarah Parish plays Beatrice, presenter of a popular early-evening regional television news show, whose ex-lover and arch enemy Benedick, played by Damian Lewis, is hired as her co-anchor.


Running parallel to this tempestuous relationship is the whirlwind romance between weathergirl Hero, played by Billie Piper, and sports presenter Claude.


Forced to share a studio sofa every night, Beatrice and Benedick appear to hate one another, but does their apparent hostility mask passions of a different kind?


Produced by Diederick Santer and directed by Brian Percival.




Peter Moffat's Macbeth is transposed to the enclosed and heated world of a top restaurant kitchen, starring James McAvoy as Joe Macbeth and Keeley Hawes as Ella Macbeth.


Joe Macbeth wants it all - power, acclaim, success. Enticed by his ambitious but troubled wife, Joe begins to discover the seductive possibilities of power.


But to what lengths will they go to achieve it? Knives, blood and prophecies… it's a recipe for disaster and soon enough greed takes over, with tragic results.


Full of ambition, hierarchy, debauchery and ruthlessness, this is a vibrant and mesmerising world.


Produced by Pier Wilkie and directed by Mark Brozel.


The Taming of The Shrew


Shirley Henderson plays Kate opposite Rufus Sewell's Petruchio in Sally Wainwright's version of The Taming of the Shrew.


Vitriolic, aggressive and 'shrewish', Kate is an opposition MP who is instructed to find herself a husband to make her more electable.


When the overwhelmingly eccentric Petruchio bursts on to the scene, and almost immediately proposes, a very surprising romance unfolds.


Twiggy Lawson, Stephen Tompkinson, Jaime Murray and David Mitchell also star in this romantic comedy which explores the complexities of relationships against a backdrop of glamorous London circles and politics.


Produced by Diederick Santer and directed by David Richards.


A Midsummer's Night Dream


Peter Bowker sets A Midsummer Night's Dream during a weekend in a holiday park.


The romantic comedy about four warring couples, a donkey's head and a gaggle of woodland fairies stars Imelda Staunton, Johnny Vegas, Bill Paterson, Lennie James, Sharon Small and Dean Lennox Kelly.


The occasion is the celebration of Hermia's engagement to her childhood sweetheart. However, chaos ensues when she announces that she loves another. Will true love conquer all and normality return to this enchanted world?


Produced by Pier Wilkie and directed by Ed Fraiman.


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