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New BBC Complete Works?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0100  Wednesday, 19 January 2005

From:           Susanne Greenhalgh <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Jan 2005 09:24:26 -0000
Subject:        New BBC Complete Works?

The Guardian (17/1/05) has a report 'What the Dickens is going on at the
BBC' on 'four Shakespeare-inspired contemporary films, Taming of the
Shrew, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing,
which will be freely retold in the spirit of the recent Chaucer
adaptations.' Laura Mackie, new head of drama and series, signals 'the
beginning of a new commitment to Shakespeare, with other [existing]
Shakespeare films screened on BBC2 and 4, arts programmes, and a link to
a Shakespeare event for school children.' This may include eventual
adaptation of the entire Shakespeare canon.  The frame of reference for
the 4 commissioned plays appears to be British celebrity/media culture -
Kate as a young politician, Macbeth set in a Gordon-Ramsay style kitchen
(no shortage of sharp implements ...), MND set in the 'Center Parcs-like
Dream Parks' and Beatrice and Benedick as a TV talkshow couple.

Susanne Greenhalgh

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