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Canterbury Tales 

An adaptation of six of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in a modern setting.
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Nikki Amuka-Bird ...  Constance Musa 1 episode, 2003
Rob Brown Rob Brown ...  Old Man 1 episode, 2003
Chiwetel Ejiofor ...  Paul 1 episode, 2003
James Nesbitt ...  Nick Zakian 1 episode, 2003
Indira Varma ...  Meena 1 episode, 2003
Julie Walters ...  Beth 1 episode, 2003
Paddy Fletcher Paddy Fletcher ...  Bowles 1 episode, 2003
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ...  Adam Constable 1 episode, 2003
Bill Nighy ...  James 1 episode, 2003
Usha Patel Usha Patel ...  Misha 1 episode, 2003
Billy Seymour Billy Seymour ...  Lad 1 1 episode, 2003
Samantha Whittaker Samantha Whittaker ...  Kitty Norman 1 episode, 2003
Rakie Ayola ...  Nicky Constable 1 episode, 2003
Rick Bacon Rick Bacon ...  Graham 1 episode, 2003
Joe Halliday Joe Halliday ...  Lad 2 1 episode, 2003
Indira Joshi ...  Vena 1 episode, 2003
Jonny Lee Miller ...  Arty 1 episode, 2003
Stephen Tallett Stephen Tallett ...  Security Guard 1 episode, 2003
Ben Bennett Ben Bennett ...  Baz 1 episode, 2003
Pascale Burgess Pascale Burgess ...  Jessica 1 episode, 2003
Leena Dhingra Leena Dhingra ...  Usha 1 episode, 2003
Keeley Hawes ...  Emily 1 episode, 2003
Andrew Lincoln ...  Alan King 1 episode, 2003
Tom Ludlow Tom Ludlow ...  Lad 3 1 episode, 2003
William Beck ...  Colin 1 episode, 2003
Kika Markham ...  Leila King 1 episode, 2003
Jane Nash Jane Nash ...  Annie 1 episode, 2003
Om Puri ...  Jetender 1 episode, 2003
John Simm ...  Ace 1 episode, 2003
Dennis Waterman ...  John Crosby 1 episode, 2003
Barber Ali ...  Gulati 1 episode, 2003
Leo Bill ...  Terry 1 episode, 2003
Samantha Bond ...  Jane Barlow 1 episode, 2003
Steve Chaplin Steve Chaplin ...  Biff 1 episode, 2003
Samuel Cocozza Samuel Cocozza ...  Young Man 1 episode, 2003
Melissa Lloyd Melissa Lloyd ...  Mandy Briggs 1 episode, 2003
Robert East ...  Mr. Norman 1 episode, 2003
Nitin Ganatra ...  Pushpinder 1 episode, 2003
Joseph Kpobie ...  Mick 1 episode, 2003
Paul Nicholls ...  Jerome 1 episode, 2003
Billie Piper ...  Alison Crosby 1 episode, 2003
Leo Wringer Leo Wringer ...  Minister 1 episode, 2003
Jill Baker ...  Mrs. Norman 1 episode, 2003
Lindelani Buthelezi Lindelani Buthelezi ...  Embassy Official 1 episode, 2003
Kenny Doughty ...  Danny Absolon 1 episode, 2003
Surendra Kochar Surendra Kochar ...  Romi 1 episode, 2003
Bill Paterson ...  Theo 1 episode, 2003
Emma Pike ...  Kirsty 1 episode, 2003
Mo Amulundun Mo Amulundun ...  Minister's Wife 1 episode, 2003
Buffy Davis Buffy Davis ...  Jean McIntosh 1 episode, 2003
Stewart Harwood Stewart Harwood ...  Blinkers 1 episode, 2003
Siobhan Hewlett ...  Karen 1 episode, 2003
Bhasker Patel ...  Dillip 1 episode, 2003
Joe Prospero ...  Young Arty 1 episode, 2003
Mark Bazeley ...  Gareth 1 episode, 2003
Anjali Mya Chadha Anjali Mya Chadha ...  Sue 1 episode, 2003
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ...  Yasouf 1 episode, 2003
Tonya Kerins Tonya Kerins ...  Mrs. Healey 1 episode, 2003
Bill Moody Bill Moody ...  Ernie 1 episode, 2003
Eddie Nestor Eddie Nestor ...  Dave Tyler 1 episode, 2003
Lalita Ahmed ...  Rani 1 episode, 2003
Michele Austin ...  Trish 1 episode, 2003
Karen Bryson ...  Oonagh 1 episode, 2003
Ian Burfield ...  Mr. Healey 1 episode, 2003
Eileen Essell ...  Mrs Jean Smallwood 1 episode, 2003
Mpho Osei Tutu Mpho Osei Tutu ...  Man with Gun 1 episode, 2003
Sonny Brown Sonny Brown ...  Really Young Arty 1 episode, 2003
Charu Bala Chokshi Charu Bala Chokshi ...  Archana 1 episode, 2003
Lorna Gayle Lorna Gayle ...  Noreen 1 episode, 2003
Tim Hardy Tim Hardy ...  Doctor 1 episode, 2003
Ralph Riach Ralph Riach ...  Mr Malcolm Wickens 1 episode, 2003
Nomsa Xaba Nomsa Xaba ...  Mother 1 episode, 2003
Jonathan Chan-Pensley Jonathan Chan-Pensley ...  Waiter Clive 1 episode, 2003
Glenn Hanning ...  Heckler 1 episode, 2003
Annie Julian Annie Julian ...  The Other Woman 1 episode, 2003
Archie Panjabi ...  Clare 1 episode, 2003
Vivienne Ritchie Vivienne Ritchie ...  Arty's Mother 1 episode, 2003
Philip Wright ...  Monitoring Officer 1 1 episode, 2003
Dylan Charles Dylan Charles ...  Jason 1 episode, 2003
Kevin Golding ...  Policeman 1 episode, 2003
Richard Hope ...  Arty's Father 1 episode, 2003
Sello Motloung Sello Motloung ...  Big Man 1 episode, 2003
Osi Okerafor ...  Monitoring Officer 2 1 episode, 2003
Abby Simpson Abby Simpson ...  Juice Woman 1 episode, 2003
Kal Aise Kal Aise ...  Ace's Mate 1 episode, 2003
Paul Bazely ...  Rajan 1 episode, 2003
Maxine Evans ...  Mrs. Preston 1 episode, 2003
Philip Hutchinson Philip Hutchinson ...  Customer 1 episode, 2003
John Kirk John Kirk ...  Policeman 1 episode, 2003
Yule Masiteng Yule Masiteng ...  Priest 1 episode, 2003
Stephen Aintree ...  Middle Aged Man 1 episode, 2003
Philip Goldacre ...  Pub Punter 1 episode, 2003
Sarah Kendall Sarah Kendall ...  Policewoman 1 episode, 2003
James Walmsley James Walmsley ...  Security Guard 1 episode, 2003
James Woolley James Woolley ...  Prosecution Barrister 1 episode, 2003
Janet Behan Janet Behan ...  Woman in Cathedral 1 episode, 2003
Donald Douglas ...  Judge 1 episode, 2003
Leila Joyce Leila Joyce ...  Girl 1 episode, 2003
Richard Syms ...  The Vicar 1 episode, 2003
Michael Miller Michael Miller ...  Security Guard 1 episode, 2003
Jaymie Pennington Jaymie Pennington ...  Chloe Healey 1 episode, 2003
Carolyn Pickles Carolyn Pickles ...  Judy 1 episode, 2003
Jack Chissick Jack Chissick ...  Uncle Ronald 1 episode, 2003
Paul Clayden Paul Clayden ...  Him 1 episode, 2003
Bob Mason Bob Mason ...  Ian 1 episode, 2003
Lucy Brown ...  Her 1 episode, 2003
Jade Williams Jade Williams ...  Amy Healey 1 episode, 2003
Mitesh Soni Mitesh Soni ...  Waiter 1 episode, 2003
Mark Hesketh ...  Smart Young Man 1 episode, 2003
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An adaptation of six of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in a modern setting.

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The Canterbury Tales, retold for our times

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Drama

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Canterbury mesék See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of The Canterbury Tales (1998) See more »

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"Miller's Tale" the best
15 October 2004 | by Psyche-8See all my reviews

All the adaptations of the tales in this series are good, but for me it was the Miller's Tale that was the best. A saucy, sexy story about a smooth-talking conman who breezes into town one day and turns everyone's lives upside down. James Nesbitt positively sizzles in this sexy role as the intelligent and charismatic Nick Zakian who wastes no time at all in setting about seducing the beautiful Alison Crosby (Billie Piper). Nesbitt turns in an utterly convincing performance as Nick, a man who'll stop at nothing and is prepared to stoop to any level to get what he wants - the scene where he corners Alison in the hall or the scene where he stalks across the village square towards Alison with such determination in his eyes when he knows her husband is out of the way for an hour, is enough to drive any woman wild, believe me!

What the audience are supposed to construe from this tale of love, lust, sex, jealousy, deceit and ultimate betrayal is certainly open to debate. There are some who are prepared to claim that Nick is the devil incarnate or the personification of fate in this story. However, I for one refuse to believe that the character of Nick is some kind of tempting devil or fate. Rather that he is an opportunist, a conman, slippery and deceitful.

Yet, watching the Miller's Tale you can't help finding yourself empathising not with poor old John, but with Nick - virtually rooting for him, considering the effort that he is going to in order to secure a few precious minutes alone with Alison.

A sexy, sleazy, bawdy story that is much in keeping with the original tale. I loved it!


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