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.
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.