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Oliver Coleman as Toby, Dan Stevens as Nick Guest and Alex Wyndham as Wani Ouradi

About The Show


Major new BBC TWO drama The Line Of Beauty is a story of love, class, sex and money set in the Thatcherite 80s.

Production details

  • Adapted from Alan Hollinghurst's novel by award-winning writer Andrew Davies.
  • Directed by Saul Dibb, winner of the 2005 Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer Award for his feature film, Bullet Boy.
  • Production design was by Melanie Allen.
  • Theme and incidental music is by Martin Phipps.
  • Produced by Kate Lewis.
  • Framed by the two General Elections which returned Mrs Thatcher to power, The Line Of Beauty is set over four extraordinary years of change and tragedy.

    This outsider's journey into the heart of the beautiful and seductive world of the social elite bristles with emotion, drama and social commentary. Full of style and wit, it is a richly textured coming-of-age story set in London during a ruthless decade.

    The drama stars a mix of new, young talent and established names.
    Alan Hollinghurst

    Educated at Oxford, Alan Hollinghurst has written several acclaimed novels on the themes of wealth, gay life and class. In 1993 Granta Magazine named him one of the Best Young British Novelists.

    His novels are:
  • The Swimming Pool Library (1988)
  • The Folding Star (1994).
  • The Spell (1998).
  • The Line of Beauty (2004), winner of the Man Booker Prize.
  • He also translated Racine's play Bajazet in 1990.

  • Dan Stevens, Alex Wyndham, Oliver Coleman and Hayley Atwell appear alongside Tim McInnerny, Don Gilet, Kenneth Cranham, Barbara Flynn, Alice Krige, Kika Markham* and Chris Fairbank*.

    The Line Of Beauty charts the relationship between Nick Guest, a gay, middle-class boy with a passion for Henry James, and the Feddens, a rich Tory family from Notting Hill.

    Nick meets Toby Fedden at Oxford and is attracted to him, so he is thrilled when he is invited to live with Toby's family when university ends.

    During a hot summer in London, Nick befriends Catherine, Toby's manic depressive sister, and falls in love with Leo, a black, socialist council worker.

    He becomes entranced by the powerful, privileged life led by the Feddens and their friends - a life untouched by the stark realities of 80s Britain: vast unemployment and the rise of AIDS.

    Andrew Davies

    Probably the best known TV adapter ever, Andrew Davies' other adaptations include Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House, Middlemarch and Vanity Fair, and for cinema, the two Bridget Jones films. He's also written dramas such as A Very Peculiar Practice, BBC Four's The Chatterley Affair. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was an academic - teaching English then lecturing at Warwick University and writing in his spare time.

    But even the high-class, comfortable world of the Feddens and their social circle has cracks running through it - cracks that will profoundly affect Nick's life.

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