A few years ago there was a show on Channel 4 called My Shakespeare. The actor Paterson Joseph recruited a bunch of kids from the streets of Harlesden, London, to put on a production of Romeo and Juliet. Some had only been in the country for five minutes. There were all sorts of problems with the language, learning lines, non-attendance at rehearsals. But, against the odds, they pulled it off, and put on a fine show in the West End. It was hard not to cry.
How's When Romeo Met Juliet (BBC2) different? Well, we're in Coventry this time. Joseph's been replaced by Hustle's Adrian Lester, along with his missus Lolita Chakrabarti, and director Paul Roseby. They are casting in two