The cast has been announced for BBC One’s upcoming adaptation of Laurie Lee’s classic memoir, Cider With Rosie.
Samantha Morton (The Unloved) will star as Annie Lee, alongside Jessica Hynes (Spaced) as Miss Crabby, June Whitfield (Absolutely Fabulous) as Granny Wallon and Annette Crosbie (One Foot In The Grave) as Granny Trill.
The cast also includes Billy Howle (Glue) as Private James Harris, Ruby Ashbourne Serkis as the titlular Rosie, Emma Curtis as Marj, and newcomer Archie Cox as the protagonist Laurie (Lol).
Cider With Rosie is set in an idyllic Cotswold village, during and immediately after the Great War. Marking the journey of young Lol as he grows from boy to man, the story chronicles first love, loss and family upheaval. Lol’s boyhood escapades take place in a rural world as yet untouched by electricity and cars – a place suspended between history and modernity.
Adapted by Ben Vanstone (Merlin, The Borrowers), the coming-of-age story is currently filming in Gloucestershire and will air in 2015 as part of BBC One’s season of classic 20th century literature.
Samantha Morton commented: “I am thrilled to have taken on the role of Annie Lee in BBC One’s adaptation of Cider With Rosie as it is one of my favourite books.”
Lucy Richer, Commissioning Editor, BBC Drama Commissioning, added: “Cider With Rosie is one of the gems of 20th century literature, and has been loved by generations as a coming-of-age story about love and family that still rings true today, in Laurie Lee’s centenary year. We are delighted to be bringing it to BBC One with a fantastic young cast, alongside the wonderful Samantha Morton.”
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