This modern crime drama uses the names of the homonymous Shakespeare play's main characters which inspired its plot. White London Metropolitan Police commissioner Sinclair Carver promises to maintain law and order and further racial integration by recruiting and promoting black and Asian officers, but is taped in the lavatory by a tabloid reporter telling his assistant commissioner Ben Jago there is no black with a brain as big as his dick, and is thus forced to resign. When the death of the black Billy Coates in custody causes racial unrest, John Othello, the only authoritative black police officer, manages to prevent riots by pointing to the press and promising to solve the case; the government names him successor to Carver over his friend Jago's head. The ambitious Ben doesn't show his furious disappointment, but must have his revenge. His plots starts by making sure racists harass Othello's white wife Desdemona, so he can have her 'well guarded' by smooth white superintendent ... Written by KGF Vissers
Obsession, jealousy, betrayal. A powerful black man in a white society. Acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary, Moll Flanders, Pride and Prejudice) takes these themes from Shakespeare and reworks them into an achingly intense contemporary story set in present-day London. As racial tensions threaten to explode, political forces propel John Othello (EAMONN WALKER, Unbreakable, Oz) into a high-profile public role over the head of his best friend and mentor Ben Jago (CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON, Elizabeth, The Others). Seething with jealousy, Jago maintains a facade as the loyal confidant while seizing on Othello's obsessive love for his beautiful wife, Dessie (KEELEY HAWES, The Blond Bombshell, Wives and Daughters), as the path to his destruction. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: production notes, cast filmographies and scene index.