The Paradise star Joanna Vanderham will lead the cast of BBC One’s adaptation of LP Hartley’s The Go-Between, part of the channel’s upcoming season of classic 20th century literature.
Vanderham will play Marian Maudsley in the 90-minute film, alongside Stephen Campbell Moore (Titanic) as Trimingham, Ben Batt (Shameless) as Ted Burgess and Lesley Manville (Maleficent) as Mrs Maudsley. The cast also includes Jack Hollington as young protagonist, Leo.
Adapated by Adrian Hodges (Primeval, Survivors), The Go-Between follows Leo Colston, who as an elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old.
Vanderham commented: “I am so excited to have been asked to play Marian Maudsley in the BBC’s new adaptation of this classic novel. I hope to bring the spirit of LP Hartley’s iconic and wonderful story to life on screen along with the fantastic cast lined up for The Go-Between.”
Writer Adrian Hodges commented: “It’s always an exciting challenge for a writer to adapt a truly great novel and it’s been my privilege to work on our new television version of Hartley’s wonderful book. I’m thrilled with director Pete Travis’s vision for the film and with the fresh and exciting cast we’ve assembled to realise that vision. I can’t wait to see Joanna, Ben, Stephen and Lesley, along with the rest of our remarkable cast, bring these nuanced and delicately drawn characters to life and bring this moving story to the attention of a whole new generation of TV viewers. I feel very lucky to be part of such a beautiful and thrilling project.”
BBC One’s season of classic 20th century literature also includes Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Ben Vanstone’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s Cider With Rosie and JB Priestley’s classic play, An Inspector Calls.
Directed by Pete Travis (Endgame, Legacy), The Go-Between begins filming soon and will air on BBC One in 2015.
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