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Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0054  Tuesday, 11 January 2005

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Jan 2005 10:13:50 -0500
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[2]     From:   Stuart Hampton-Reeves <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Jan 2005 15:52:36 +0000
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[3]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Jan 2005 17:23:46 -0000
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[4]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Jan 2005 19:19:34 -0000
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[5]     From:   Carol Morley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 11:51:02 +0000
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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Jan 2005 10:13:50 -0500
Subject: 16.0038 Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0038 Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale

This series is a lot like Second Generation, a BBC TV adaptation /
modernization of King Lear and the BBC Othello (both dropped the
language entirely.). Some of the actors in that Second Generation in one
of the BBC CT episode. Indian Dream, a British TV show involving MNSD,
also had an actor in common with the BBC CT.

For (lots of) info, go to:

http://www.bbcamerica.com/genre/drama_mysteries/canterbury_tales/canterbury_tales_about_canterbury_tales.jsp

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Date:           Monday, 10 Jan 2005 15:52:36 +0000
Subject: 16.0038 Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0038 Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale

Richard Nathan asks about the BBC series of Chaucer-inspired single-play
dramas screened in the UK awhile back. The Knight's Tale, as I recall,
was awful.

Stuart Hampton-Reeves

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Date:           Monday, 10 Jan 2005 17:23:46 -0000
Subject: 16.0038 Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0038 Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale

If you thought the WOBT was mediocre, all I can say is - you ain't seen
nothing yet!

Designed for Jerry Springer / tabloid TV. Some cracking performances eg
Julie Walters as Wife, but, as you restrainedly hint, 'not Chaucer'. So,
OK TV, but.........

Greeted in UK by mostly a quiet sigh and whimper of misery from
Chaucerian scholars.

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Date:           Monday, 10 Jan 2005 19:19:34 -0000
Subject: Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale
Comment:        SHK 16.0038 Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale

The Wife of Bath starred Julie Walters...?

If so, I recall watching this and a couple of others about two years
ago. The Wife of Bath episode curiously conflated the Prologue and the
Tale, and I wasn't sure whether this undermined the irony inherent in
the conflict or reinforced it. My feeling was that it undermined it,
which led to an uncomfortable sense of the drama being misogynistic.

I seem to remember that I saw one that I thought very good. Perhaps The
Pardoner's Tale?

m (London)

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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 11:51:02 +0000
Subject: 16.0038 Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0038 Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale

Sadly, the only one of the BBC's recent 'Canterbury Tales' I was able to
catch was their reworking of the Miller's Tale, which was hugely
enjoyable for all the right Chaucerian reasons- witty, scurrilous and
resourceful in its shamelessly crudity. Full marks for comic continuity
with the original, and an ingenious updating of characterisations- shame
about the poetry.

Did America ever have the benefit, years ago, of Alan Plater's comedy
drama series 'Trinity Tales'? Even better in my opinion, as a reworking
of the entire Canterbury Tales pilgrimage format- a group pubcrawl to a
rugby league final is something both Chaucer and Shakespeare might have
admired as a secular national obsession worthy of theatrical attention.

Best,
Carol

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