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Othello (2001)

12/23/2001 (GB) Drama 1h 40m
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An Explosive 21st Century Adaptation From Masterpiece Theatre


With freshly rechristened characters and brand-new dialogue, this British TV production of Othello is a "rethinking" of Shakespeare's play, albeit still retaining the original's power and potency. The story is set in the London of the near future, a crime-ridden metropolis virtually torn apart by racial hostilities. By order of the Prime Minister, black police officer John Othello (Eamonn Walker) is promoted to Commissioner, a post dearly coveted by Othello's friend, mentor and fellow officer Ben Jago (Christopher Eccleston). Seething with jealousy, Jago contrives to discredit Othello in the eyes of the public, and to destroy John's interracial marriage to the lily-white Dessie (Keeley Hawes). Among those used as unwitting dupes to gain Jago's ends are Othello's trusted lieutenant, Michael Cass (Richard Coyle), scrupulously honest police constable Alan Roderick (Del Synnott), and Jago's own wife, Lulu (Rachael Stirling).

  1. Geoffrey Sax


  2. Andrew Davies


  3. William Shakespeare


Top Billed Cast

  1. Christopher Eccleston

    Christopher Eccleston

    Ben Jago

  2. Eamonn Walker

    Eamonn Walker

    John Othello

  3. Keeley Hawes

    Keeley Hawes

    Dessie Brabant

  4. Richard Coyle

    Richard Coyle

    Michael Cass

  5. Rachael Stirling

    Rachael Stirling


  6. Del Synnott

    Del Synnott

    Alan Roderick

  7. Michelle Newell

    Michelle Newell


  8. Christopher Fox

    PC Adey

  9. Bill Paterson

    Bill Paterson

    Sinclair Carver

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Status Released

Original Language English

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