Lee Miller is joined by Vanessa Redgrave to star in Byron, a drama
about the greatest romantic poet of his age for BBC TWO
is our only proof that we exist - that is why we crave it."
Lee Miller stars as the charismatic, hedonistic and wildly rebellious
Lord Byron in a major two-part drama for BBC TWO about the poet's
life and loves which is now in production.
Little plays his half-sister Augusta, with whom he had an incestuous
affair; Camilla Power is Lady Caroline Lamb; Julie Cox is his wife
following her recent and acclaimed performance as Clemmie Churchill
in BBC TWO's The
Gathering Storm, Vanessa Redgrave is to play Lady Melbourne,
film offers a bravura role for Jonny Lee Miller," says Jane
Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning.
will explore what it meant to be a sex-god aristo and aims to take
a muscular approach to period drama.
focussing on Byron's energy and his desire to turn convention upside
down, it will emphasise such contemporary themes as the cult of
celebrity, media manipulation and the bad boy image of an outsider
who wins - but despises - society's praise.
is a radical, anti-establishment historical drama."
Campbell Moore - who stars in Bright Young Things, Stephen Fry's
adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies - is Byron's friend John
Cam Hobhouse; Philip Glenister is his manservant William Fletcher;
and Oliver Milburn plays his Cambridge friend Scrope Davies.
is a co-venture between the BBC's Drama and Arts departments.
is written by Nick Dear, after exhaustive research, whose credits
include the award-winning adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion,
and is directed by Julian Farino (Flesh and Blood, Our Mutual Friend,
Bob and Rose).
Baumgarten is the producer and the executive producers are BBC Head
of Drama Serials Laura Mackie, Hilary Salmon and Andrea Miller,
Head of Factual Television, BBC Scotland.
charts the rise and fall of an irresistible and devastatingly handsome
genius who had it all and threw it all away.
struggle to be accepted as a poet is dramatically reversed by the
publication of Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage, which turns him into
an overnight success and the toast of London society.
throw themselves at him, but despite a passionate affair with society
beauty Lady Caroline Lamb (Camilla Power) he soon tires of her and
escapes into the arms of his half-sister Augusta (Natasha Little),
with whom he has an illicit, incestuous affair.
unconcerned by society's conventions, Byron worries that a scandal
will harm Augusta and on a whim proposes to the pious Annabella
Millbanke (Julie Cox).
a love triangle that is doomed to failure. Annabella soon learns
that marriage to the greatest romantic poet of his age is one of
heartbreak and betrayal.
for her part, will not let her physical relationship with Byron
continue once he is married.
goes into self-imposed exile, and continues his life of hedonistic
pleasure in Venice - before settling into a relationship with Italian
aristocrat Contessa Teresa Guicciolli (played by Branca Katic).
as a man who has excelled in excess, he feels his passion is spent
and takes up the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks.
Lee Miller is best known for his portrayal of Sick Boy in Trainspotting
and his recent successes include the roles of Edmund Bertram in
Mansfield Park and Macleane in Plunkett and Macleane.
Little first came to attention as the scheming Rachel in This Life,
and consolidated her talents as Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair.
highlighted in Vogue as one of the UK's leading actresses, Natasha
is soon to be seen in the hit BBC ONE drama series Spooks.
Power (Lady Caroline Lamb) played Becky Lawton in Sally Wainwright's
Sparkhouse for BBC ONE.
Cox takes on her first romantic lead as Annabella following roles
in Dune, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The War Bride.
begins shooting in February at locations in Somerset, Malta and
is one of a number of forthcoming original dramas on BBC TWO, including
Frank Deasy's exploration of sexual manipulation in Real Men;
Moffat's four-part serial about the Cambridge spy ring, Cambridge
Donna Franceschild's The Key, which looks back on Britain's social
and political history through the prism of three generations of
a Clydeside family.
film is also part of BBC TWO's strengthened commitment to the arts,
with three dramas celebrating the lives of some of Britain's foremost
Again (a film about the life of poet Philip Larkin starring
Hugh Bonneville) is currently in production, and Guy Jenkin's film
about Samuel Pepys starring Steve Coogan in the title role is in
Lee Miller set to play Byron as BBC announces ambitious slate of
historical dramas and period adaptations for BBC ONE and TWO
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