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18 biographical dramas based on the lives and loves of celebrated writers.
These surprising, revealing dramas take a behind-the-scenes look at some of our best-loved authors, mingling fact and fantasy to explore their extraordinary hidden lives. From love affairs, friendships and family relationships to traumas, tragedies and journeys of self-discovery, we glimpse the unwritten worlds that shaped their unforgettable fiction. Among the star casts are Andrew Scott, Toby Jones, Richard Dormer, Glenda Jackson, Bella Ramsey, Julia Davis, Ian McDiarmid, Haydn Gwynne, David Threlfall, Alistair McGowan, Tom Goodman-Hill, Hattie Morahan, Rosie Cavaliero, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Paul Ritter and Lia Williams
Jane and Tom – Writing to her sister, Jane Austen describes her love for Tom Lefroy – a love that would lead to Pride and Prejudice.
When Fanny Met Germaine – A delightful romp through the passionate, scandalous friendship between two 18th-century writers: Fanny Burney and Mme de Stael.
Comrade Ackland – Dorset, 1936. Newly returned from an illicit trip to Civil War Spain, Sylvia Townsend Warner and her lover, Valentine Ackland, have an unexpected visitor….
Tongues of Fire – 1913. When a Nobel laureate visits Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, fireworks erupt between WB Yeats and Sean O’Casey.
A Year at the Races – Approaching the end of his career, Groucho Marx meets a wisecracking fan determined to teach him new comedy tricks.
Spike and the Elfin Oak – A comic fantasy inspired by Spike Milligan’s madcap attempts in the mid-1960s to preserve a curious sculpture in Kensington Gardens.
Everybody’s Got Conditions – Casting Bette Davis in his play The Night of the Iguana proves the biggest mistake in Tennessee Williams’ career….
I Believe I Have Genius – Humble and obscure, young Charlotte Bronte travels to Brussels to study at a girls’ school.
Marian and George – Marian Evans (a.k.a. George Eliot) must choose between her adored brother and the love of her life….
Lying Low – An intriguing drama imagining what happened to Samuel Beckett during his mysterious three weeks in Folkestone in 1961.
A Terrible Beauty – WB Yeats travels to France to propose to beautiful Maud Gonne, soon after her husband’s execution in the 1916 Easter Rising.
The Watcher on the Wall – Dramatised from his letters, this is the story of Louis MacNeice’s transatlantic love affair and the poetry it inspired.
Edith Sitwell in Scarborough – Returning to her birthplace, Edith Sitwell sets out to wreak revenge.
Mrs Tolstoy – A five-part drama charting the tempestuous marriage between Leo and Sofya Tolstoy.
The ‘B’ Word – The opening night of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion causes a scandal and sparks a passionate love/hate triangle….
The Rules of Palship – The young Noel Coward demanded fierce loyalty from his friends – but did he live up to his own high standards?
The Lost Road – A playful tribute to the long friendship between CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien and how it influenced their respective masterpieces.
Luxembourg Gardens – Re-imagined from Katherine Mansfield’s stories, letters and journals, this Mansfieldesque play explores her last day in Paris, where she is dying of consumption aged 34.
- 01 – Jane and Tom
- 02 – When Fanny Met Germaine
- 03 – Comrade Ackland
- 04 – Tongues of Fire
- 05 – A Year at the Races
- 06 – Spike and the Elfin Oak
- 07 – Everybody’s Got Conditions
- 08 – I Believe I Have Genius
- 09 – Marian and George
- 10 – Lying Low
- 11 – A Terrible Beauty
- 12 – The Watcher on the Wall
- 13 – Edith Sitwell in Scarborough
- 14 – Mrs Tolstoy
- 15 – The ‘B’ Word
- 16 – The Rules of Palship
- 17 – The Lost Road
- 18 – Luxembourg Gardens