- Compelling adaptation of Laurie Lee’s vivid and iconic memoir of his childhood and adolescence in the Slad Valley during and post WW1. A poetic journey through the idyll of his early years and into the intensity of adolescent experiences, CIDER WITH ROSIE is the quintessential coming of age story. Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe (Jamaica Inn, Call the Midwife) and written by Ben Vanstone (Merlin, The Borrowers)
From a childhood cosseted by his mother and sisters, through to his teenage years as he navigates the wonder and intensity of adolescence, we follow Lee on a personal journey of exploration and discovery as he grows from small boy to young man in the valley that would go on to inspire a life’s work.
Laurie Lee is born in 1914 and when WW1 ends, 4 year-old Laurie thinks the world has ended too - for the war is all he has known. But the world for him is just beginning and there in the Slad Valley with childhood companions Jo and Rosie, Lol will experience for the first time the wonder of love, the excitement of sex but also the brutality of loss and death. The ordinariness of these experiences is thrown into sharp relief by the loss of innocence, which marks each transition.
CIDER WITH ROSIE is a love letter to childhood, to the Gloucestershire countryside and to a way of life now all but gone. It is a celebration of the remarkable nature of ordinary lives, which burned brightly and were then gone, and along with them, the way of life they had lived.
- Jamaica Inn brings Daphne Du Maurier’s classic and much-loved novel to life in a bold new three-part drama for BBC1, adapted by Emma Frost ( The White Queen, Shameless, Consuming Passion) and directed by BAFTA award winning Philippa Lowthorpe (Call the Midwife, Five Daughters ). Set in 1820 against the foreboding backdrop of windswept Cornish moors, this highly charged, gothic romance follows our heroine Mary as she becomes entangled in a dangerous criminal world ridden with smuggling and murder, testing her resolve and morality to the very core.
Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Labyrinth) will star as Mary Yellan, Matthew McNulty (The Paradise, Room At The Top) as Jem Merlyn, Sean Harris (The Borgias, Southcliffe) as Joss Merlyn, Ben Daniels (Wiper’s Times, House Of Cards) as Davey, Joanne Whalley (The Borgias, Gossip Girl) as Aunt Patience and Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, The Crimson Petal And The White) as Hannah.
Fulfilling her mother’s dying wish that she give up the family farm and go to stay with her aunt Patience in Cornwall, young Mary Yellan gets more than she bargained for when she arrives at the infamous Jamaica Inn. Patience is a shell of a woman, downtrodden by her domineering, vicious husband Joss. As Mary discovers the inn is a front for a sinister group of criminals, she is unwillingly dragged into their lawless world of smuggling and wrecking. Despite her perpetual fear, Mary’s unexplored sexuality and lust draws her hopelessly to the charismatic Jem. But when Mary learns that he is Joss’s brother, she backs away, fearful of ending up a broken woman like her aunt. As she becomes increasingly uncertain of who she can trust, Mary will be forced to cross her own moral line to save herself.
- Adapted from P.D James’ internationally bestselling novel, Death Comes to Pemberley is now a gripping drama for Christmas on BBC1. P.D James' remarkably inventive homage to Austen brings the much-loved world of ‘Pride & Prejudice’ to life in a dazzling and original way: centering on Austen’s best-known characters, Elizabeth and Darcy, the three-parter combines classic period drama with a highly suspenseful and brilliantly crafted murder mystery plot, making this an unmissable television event. It is being adapted by screenwriter Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls).
Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Brothers and Sisters), Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House, The Bletchley Circle), Matthew Goode (Birdsong, Dancing on the Edge), and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Doctor Who) have been cast as Austen’s iconic literary characters: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, George Wickham, and Lydia Wickham.
Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married and with two young sons, are preparing for the lavish annual ball at their magnificent Pemberley home. The unannounced arrival of Elizabeth’s wayward sister Lydia, however, brings an abrupt and shocking halt to proceedings when she stumbles out of her chaise screaming that her husband Wickham has been murdered. Darcy leads a search party out to the woodlands, and when they discover the blood-smeared corpse not of Wickham but his traveling companion, suspicion is at once aroused. The dramatic and unnerving events of the evening have shattered the peace both of the Darcys and of Pemberley, and as the family becomes caught up in the ensuing murder investigation, a mysterious web of secrets and deceit will threaten all that the Darcys hold dear.
- A taut and gripping four-part conspiracy thriller, HIDDEN is written by Ronan Bennett (PUBLIC ENEMIES, THE HAMBURG CELL) in collaboration with veteran Hollywood screenwriter Walter Bernstein (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, FAIL SAFE).
Directed by Niall MacCormick (ALBATROSS, WALLANDER, THE LONG WALK TO FINCHLEY), the thriller is set across London and Paris at a time when Britain is in a state of political turmoil: there is rioting on the streets and the coalition government has collapsed.
The drama centres on Harry Venn (Phil Glenister - ASHES TO ASHES, LIFE ON MARS), a high street solicitor who is forced to delve back into his murky past. When a mysterious lawyer, Gina Hawkes (Thekla Reuten – THE AMERICAN, IN BRUGES) turns up asking Harry to find a missing alibi witness for her client, he agrees to take on the job but becomes unwittingly drawn into investigating the death of his brother twenty years ago. Harry quickly finds himself caught up in a much bigger and more complex conspiracy..
The show will begin on Thursday October 6th at 9pm on BBC1 and will play over the subsequent three weeks.
The cast includes: Harry Venn played by Philip Glenister, Gina Hawkes played by Thekla Reuten, Sir Nigel Fountain played by David Suchet, Elspeth Verney played by Anna Chancellor, Paul Hillman played by Mark Flitton, Fenton Russell played by Thomas Craig, Frank Hanna played by Richard Dormer, Steve Quirke played by Paul Ritter, Alexander Wentworth played by Bertie Carvel.
- BAFTA NOMINEE - BEST MINI SERIES 2012
The four part adaptation of Michel Faber’s best seller, THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, has been penned by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon. Directed by award winning Marc Munden (The Devil's Whore, The Mark Of Cain), the intimate psychological thriller lifts the lid on the darker side of Victorian London revealing a world seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion.
Starring Romola Garai (The Hour, Atonement), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, IT Crowd), Gillian Anderson (X-Files, Bleak House), Richard E Grant (Withnail and I, Gosford Park), Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter, Charles II), Amanda Hale (Murderland, Bright Star) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen)
This provocative and riveting tale tells the story of Sugar (Romola Garai), an alluring, well read young prostitute who yearns for a better life away from the brothel she is attached to, run by the contemptible Mrs Castaway (Gillian Anderson). Highly sought after and sexually adept, Sugar finds her only comfort in the secret novel she is writing in which a murderous prostitute takes revenge on her clients. However, things change for her when she meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (Chris O’Dowd).
Sugar is a thrilling antidote to William’s life, saddled with a pious brother, Henry Rackham (Mark Gatiss) and fragile wife Agnes Rackham (Amanda Hale.) Agnes regularly endures visits from the invasive physician Doctor Curlew (Richard E Grant) leaving her unable to perform her wifely duties.
William ensconces Sugar as his mistress and she soon grows accustomed to her new life. Yet unbeknownst to William, Sugar begins to hatch a plan which sets a series of events in motion that will change their lives forever…
“So, what to praise first? There was Lucinda Coxon's faultless script. There was the superb acting, not least from Amanda Hale as the porcelain-fragile Agnes... There was the woozy, gauzy, brilliantly claustrophobic atmosphere - the product of Cristobal Tapia de Veer's score and Marc Munden's exceptional, stylish, unselfconscious direction. This was an adult drama in every sense, and as complex and rewarding as anything the BBC has produced. In a nutshell: cor.”
“a deep, dark treat…it could turn out to be the outstanding drama of the year.”
“It’s vicious, dreamy, taut, poetic, beautiful…utterly riveting, must-see TV.”
“…a rare and different beast…richly subtle lead performances and intoxicatingly woozy camerawork, this dark, velveteen dramatisation of Michel Faber's novel took (and gave) great pleasure in confounding convention and expectorating expectations…Romola Garai was a revelation.”
"It's beautifully done, raising the bar for other costume dramas and resonating long after the end."
"A brilliantly dank and impressively well-sustained series; credit must go to Lucinda Coxon's script and superb cast, led by the righteously simmering Romola Garai."
“Mesmerising...As with all the best stories, nothing that happens next is predictable…Chris O'Dowd is nothing short of a revelation.”
“…compelling, beautifully shot and vividly acted.”
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
"Romola Garai is once again magnificent as the heroine…"
"This series has been a triumph and heralds a resurgence for drama on BBC Two.”
- FREEFALL, aired in July 2009, was the first drama to tackle head on the financial crisis. Directed by multi-BAFTA winning director Dominic Savage (Out of Control, Nice Girl), the film takes a startling and provocative look at the events that caused our lives to spiral out of control. With pace, edge and real emotional punch, it gives a unique insight into how we came so perilously close to the edge.
Tautly and delicately interwoven, the film follows the lives of three men with everything on the line. Gus (Aiden Gillen) is the high flying city exec who packages and sells bundles of mortgages for extortionate profit. Dave (Dominic Cooper) is the mortgage broker who can make anything happen, and when Dave offers Jim (Joseph Mawle), his old school friend, a way out of the council flat he and his family have been stuck in for years, it’s an offer that is too good to refuse. A way of fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a homeowner.
When the market collapses, each character is confronted by a shocking, revelatory truth that shines a burning light on the new realities we face.
Starring Dominic Cooper (The Duchess, Mamma Mia), Joseph Mawle (The Passion, Persuasion), Aidan Gillen (Queer as Folk, The Wire), Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice, Die Another Day) and Anna Maxwell Martin (Moonshot, Bleak House).