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Bonham Carter to follow in the footsteps of Lindsay Lohan for BBC4 drama about Elizabeth Taylor's final break with Richard Burton during a stage production of Private Lives

One of Hollywood's most turbulent love stories hit the rocks altogether when Elizabeth Taylor collaborated with Richard Burton for an ill-starred stage production of Noel Coward's Private Lives. Now the behind-the-scenes dramas are to form the centrepiece of BBC drama, with Dominic West as Burton and Helena Bonham Carter as Taylor.

Directed by Richard Laxton, Burton and Taylor will chart the actors' fraught stint in the play, which opened at Boston Shubert theatre in April 1983 before moving on to Broadway. The 90-minute picture will screen on BBC4 in the UK and looks likely to be viewed as a swansong for the channel, which has had its drama budget axed as a consequence of wide-ranging BBC cuts.

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