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A bestselling book comprising a dying writer, an untold tale, a curious biographer, incestuous ancient couplings, fey-slash-homicidal children flitting about crumbling mansions on the moors, close-mouthed housekeepers, handsome gardening lads, skeletons emerging from loamy soil, high staircases and blood-spattered marble floors, made into a film starring Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman and shown on a cold December evening.
There's not a lot that can go wrong with that and nothing did. Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale (BBC2) was as faithfully yet thoughtfully reproduced for the screen as you would expect by Christopher Hampton, who among many other things wrote the scripts for Dangerous Liaisons and Atonement. The only scene that didn't work quite as well as it needed to – and I'm going to try to avoid spoilers here as it's Christmas and »
- Lucy Mangan
The UK's BBC Two has a new TV movie airing on Monday, 30 December, titled The Thirteenth Tale; and we have a look at two clips from it right here. Hopefully it'll be heading Stateside via BBC America shortly!
The Thirteenth Tale, starring Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Howard's End, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh) and Olivia Colman ("Broadchurch"), is a psychological drama adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons) from Diane Setterfield's bestselling novel.
Biographer Margaret Lea (Colman) is summoned to the Yorkshire home of dying novelist Vida Winter (Redgrave), who has handpicked Margaret to write her biography. Though initially hesitant, as Vida has a reputation for distorting facts in interviews, Margaret becomes fascinated by her previously untold story.
As the novelist recounts her dark and disturbing childhood, »
- Debi Moore
There’s a very interesting and major BBC drama on the way that’s set against the iconic backdrop of the War of the Roses. The White Queen is a major new ten hour adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s vivid bestselling historical novel series The Cousin’s War for BBC One.
The White Queen is set to be the thrilling story of the women caught up in the on-going conflict for the throne – they are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love. The drama airs on Sunday, June 16th at 9pm, on BBC One.
We’ve got the image above from the BBC but also scroll down below for a few stills and with more to come! Check out the brand new episode one clip below:
For those just finding out, here »
- Dan Bullock
Daniel Mays is to lead the cast of new BBC One drama Common.
"When it comes to casting you always have a 'wish list' - a list of actors who'd be perfect for the parts you have written," said McGovern.
"You never get them of course. They're often too busy or away on holiday or they hate the script or whatever. But on this occasion, I got them all, »
Title: Hunky Dory Director: Marc Evans Starring: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Danielle Branch, Robert Pugh, Haydn Gwynne, Aled Pugh, Kimberley Nixon, Tom Harries, Steve Speirs, George McKay Indie import “Hunky Dory,” starring Minnie Driver, may have been initially conceived before the hit small screen show “Glee,” but it suffers mightily in comparison to the pop cultural shadow of that series, playing like a mash-up of it and a decidedly retro version of “High School Musical,” as filtered through the gauzy lens of underclass-artistic-exuberance that’s plagued a certain subset of comedic-leaning British offerings ever since “Billy Elliot.” Set in blue-collar South Wales in 1976, musical dramedy “Hunky Dory” (a nod to [ Read More ]
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Our exclusive scene from the indie musical Hunky Dory shows an awkward conversation between the passionate drama teacher Viv (Minnie Driver) and the uptight Mrs. Valentine (Haydn Gwynne). Director Marc Evans' high school drama, set in 1976, centers on Viv, who is determined to create her school's best play ever, with a rock musical version of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Watch as Mrs. Valentine expresses her concerns about the students' studies suffering from concentrating on this play so much. Hunky Dory opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 22nd, with a nationwide expansion following in the coming weeks.
Hunky Dory - Exclusive "Oliver"
Relive the summer of 1976 in this heartwarming British musical from the producer of Billy Elliot. Minnie Driver plays Viv, a fiery high school drama teacher determined to fire up her hormonal, apathetic students by putting on the best end-of-the-year show the school has ever seen. »
6 items from 2013
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