Look. I don’t like to throw around the word ‘butthead’ too often. If you call everybody a butthead, then it kind of loses its impact. But I can say, without hesitation, that Oberon is being a real dick.
To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne?
Crystal is muddy. O, how ripe in show
Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow!
That pure congealed white, high Taurus snow,
Fann’d with the eastern wind, turns to a crow
When thou hold'st up thy hand: O, let me kiss
This princess of pure white, this seal of bliss!
Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III scene ii)
But I refuse to transmit those lines now. In 2016 I’m not having lovelorn women say they’ll kill themselves. I’m not putting that on BBC1; I absolutely refuse. Because I hope young girls will be watching this, and I don’t think it’s an appropriate thing to say – ‘I love you so much, if you don’t love me I’ll kill myself.’ I think that’s untransmittable, I’m not having it.
Russell T Davies, on the fact that in the original script of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all the women refer at some point to killing themselves.