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Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave to Star in "The Thirteenth Tale"

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06/06/2013 12:53 am
Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave to Star in

Dean Richards

Staff Writer

Successful British actress Olivia Colman has been cast for the lead role in a new BBC Two drama, based on Diane Setterfield’s novel The Thirteenth Tale. The Broadchurch star will be playing the part of biographer Margaret Lea in the 90-minute drama, which is expected to be shown on BBC later this year, with filming starting this month.

She will be joined by Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave, who will take on the role of the aging novelist Vida Winter. In the story, Vida (Redgrave) hires Margaret (Colman) to write down the story of her life, including her mysterious childhood at Angelfield house, which burned down when she was still a teenager. 

Other actors who will be featuring in the adaption are Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Gordon Winter (Friday Night Dinner), Antonia Clarke (Lightfields) and Robert Pugh (Game of Thrones). It will be directed by James Kent and it was written by Christopher Hampton, who said “I was delighted to take on Ms Setterfield’s ingenious mystery. It’s been a great pleasure re-engaging with the brave new world of 21st century television drama. I may have to come back for more.”

The drama has been described as a “chilling ghost story” and a “haunting psychological mystery”, and considering the recent success of British television shows such as Broadchurch, expectations are high. 

So what do you think? Are you excited to see Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave appear on screen together? Let us know!


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