BBC Two has picked up the new television adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock, starring Natalie Dormer, and will air the series for UK viewers later this year.
The show is based on Joan Lindsay’s Australian novel, which was previously adapted into a film of the same name in 1975. It follows paranoia that takes hold of Appleyard College after three teenage girls and their governess mysteriously go missing.
Dormer said: “I’m excited that the BBC Two is bringing this magical reimagining of an Australian classic to the UK audience. It’s is a collaboration of which I’m very proud to be a part.”
Alongside Dormer, the show stars Lily Sullivan (Jungle), Madeleine Madden (High Life), Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Ruby Rees (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Yael Stone (Orange Is The New Black), Lola Bessis (Swim Little Fish Swim) and Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries).
“This stylistically bold and atmospheric take on Picnic At Hanging Rock – led by one of Britain’s most exciting actors, Natalie Dormer – will be irresistible both to fans of the classic novel and to those coming to this mysterious story for the first time,” added Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition.