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24 September 2014

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Joe's Palace

Rupert Penry-Jones and Kelly Reilly

Poliakoff's characteristically engrossing work explores the relationship between Elliot Graham, a reclusive billionaire, and Joe, the teenage son of a cleaner who takes care of Elliot's grand, empty mansion.

Sunday 4 November, 9pm, BBC One

A stellar cast led by Sir Michael Gambon, Rupert Penry-Jones, Kelly Reilly, Rebecca Hall and newcomer Danny Lee Wynter star in the latest BBC One film from acclaimed writer-director Stephen Poliakoff.

Elliot (Michael Gambon) lives close by but is unable to stay in the palatial house he has inherited; it has too many echoes of the past. Once a venue for sumptuous parties and soirées, the house has become a stultifying legacy that haunts Elliot, riddled with mysteries and unanswered questions.

Part messenger, part protégé, Joe (Danny Lee Wynter) is a link between Elliot and the outside world as their story and the stories of the visitors to the empty building ricochet and reverberate.

Richard (Rupert Penry-Jones), a high-flying cabinet minister, conducts an illicit affair with Charlotte (Kelly Reilly) at Elliot's empty mansion. For the lovers the building provides a luxurious refuge, but as time passes and their love affair unravels, it feels more like a prison.

Joe, Elliot and Tina (Rebecca Hall), a young woman they befriend from the local delicatessen, join forces and discover the dark secret at the heart of Elliot's past.

In a contemporary film about memories and mysteries of a past life, the sins of the father are finally revealed in a cathartic climax. Joe's Palace ends as Elliot finally feels able to move on with his life with optimism and hope.

Cast

Sir Michael Gambon..................................................... Elliot

 Rupert Penry-Jones..................................................... Richard

Kelly Reilly.................................................................. Charlotte

Rebecca Hall.................................................................Tina

Danny Lee Wynter........................................................ Joe



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