There's plenty to look forward to in the forthcoming autumn season on BBC television. Having seen the trailer twice, I have to say it all looks very colourful. There are four modern interpretations of Shakespeare plays, presumably in the same vein as the adaptations of "The Canterbury Tales" a few years ago. They boast a host of well-known faces. Bill Paterson from "Sea of Souls" and Sharon Small, best known as sidekick Havers in "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries", both appear in "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
In "The Taming of the Shrew" there are performances from "Ballykissangel" and "Brassed Off" actor Stephen Tompkinson as well as "Hustle" actress Jaime Murray. As "Spooks" returns to BBC1 for a welcome fourth season, but with none of the original leads, on September 12, former "Spooks" actress Keeley Hawes, now perhaps better known for "Tipping the Velvet", pops up in a version of "Macbeth" set in the enclosed and heated world of a top restaurant kitchen!
But, being a "Doctor Who" fan, the one I am most looking forward to is "Much Ado About Nothing" which features Billie Piper as a TV weathergirl! I have been speculating on which one she will base her performance? Though not a betting man, my money is on Channel Five's Lara Lewington. I have often been heard anticipating her appearance at the end of the lunchtime news bulletin!! To use the words with which she opens each forecast, all I can really say about that is... "Hello there"!!!