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Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson

Returning from war, Don Pedro, prince of Medina (Denzel Washington), his brother Don John (Keanu Reeves), and his noblemen Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard) and Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) are ready for merriment and love.

Claudio is in love with Hero (Kate Beckinsale), who is the daughter of the nobleman, Leonato. As soon as he sees Hero, Claudio announces to Benedick he intends to court her, and in a short time the lovers are engaged. Leonato has a neice Beatrice (Emma Thompson) who constantly argues with Benedick; the two despise each other.

During the week before the wedding, Don Pedro and his men devise a plan to trick Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love. While Don Pedro conspires to bring Benedick and Beatrice together, others plot to betray Claudio and Hero.

Hollywood at Home presents Much Ado About Nothing, Saturday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

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