The BBC's highly-acclaimed modern retelling of six of Chaucer's classic tales.
1. The Miller's Tale When smooth talking Nick (James Nesbitt) arrives in a flash red sports car, young wannabe pop star Alison (Billie Piper) thinks that her dreams have come true and incites the jealousy of her husband John (Dennis Waterman).
2. The Wife of Bath Beth Craddock (Julie Walters) is a TV actress who still believes in Mr Right, even after a number of failed marriages. But is her dashing co-star, Jerome (Paul Nicholls) her soulmate despite their large age difference?
3. The Knight's Tale Ace (John Simm) and Paul (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are two prisoners who both fall in love with their teacher, Emily (Keeley Hawes) and it begins to tear their friendship apart with devastating effect.
4. The Sea Captain's Tale Jetender (Om Puri) is a powerful 'Godfather' like figure in a close knit Asian community. Meena (Indira Varma) is his beautiful, spoilt, extravagant wife with an uncontrollable spending habit...
5. The Pardoner's Tale Three down and outs, Arty (Jonny Lee Miller), Colin (William Beck) and Baz (Ben Bennett) try to cash in on the hunt for a missing girl.Their greed brings about their grim downfall.
6. The Man of Law's Tale A young Nigerian refugee, Constance (Nikki Amuka-Bird) is caught up in a love triangle between the man who lusts after her and the man that she loves, Alan (Andrew Lincoln). Constance's tragic past has a dramatic impact on everyone and Alan embarks on a dangerous search for her in Nigeria.
Excellent Acting in Modern take on Chaucer's tales
- Canterbury Tales review by CD
Disc 1: Fantastic performances by James Nesbitt (in the Miller's Tale) and Julie Walters in the Wife of Bath. Plenty of wit and fun in both although the Miller's Tale seemed a long way from what I remembered of Chaucer's original tale.
Less keen on the Knight's Tale but mainly because of the dark rendition of the plot in a modern prison - I am sure that some will like it as a tragedy as it is blessed again by great acting .