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He Knew He Was Right - new Andrew Davies adaptation of Anthony Trollope novel for BBC ONE

Following the award-winning success of his adaptation of Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now, Andrew Davies brings a surprisingly new perspective in his reworking of Trollope's searing novel, He Knew He Was Right, which is due to begin filming in July.

"This is an unusual Trollope," says Davies.

"A dark and edgy portrait of a marriage in trouble which feels startlingly modern - it's Trollope's take on the Othello story.

"Most 19th century novels tend not to deal with marriage at all," Davies continues.

"In He Knew He Was Right an apparently ideal marriage goes disastrously wrong.

"The audience will recognise all sorts of ways the conflict develops. The behaviour of the couple is the sort we see today in divorce courts and read about in tabloid newspapers."

A fresh young cast of talented actors will bring this riveting tale to life:

Oliver Dimsdale, soon to be seen as the poet Shelley in Byron, is Louis Trevelyan, a young man who refuses to believe his wife is not having an affair;

Laura Fraser, whose credits include the movie A Knight's Tale, is his spirited independent wife Emily, the epitome of a very modern heroine;

Christina Cole plays her sister Nora, who has to choose between marrying for money or marrying for love;

and Stephen Campbell-Moore, one of the stars of Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things and Byron, is Hugh Stanbury, one of the suitors competing against the odds for Nora's hand in marriage.

Alongside the dark and thrilling central story, the drama also has great wit and warmth, provided by a cast of strongly-drawn characters whose stories reflect the central theme of human relationships.

The proud and ridiculous Reverend Gibson (David Tennant) struggles to choose between sisters Arabella and Camilla French (Fenella Woolgar, Claudie Blakley), who are both desperate to marry him.

The fiercely comic Aunt Stanbury (Anna Massey) is never happier than when meddling in the affairs of others, and the incomparable Bozzle (Ron Cook) is one of fiction's first and most memorably seedy private eyes.

Bill Nighy, fresh from his success in State of Play, is the devilish Colonel Osborne, a man whose reputation leaves no lady safe.

Patsy Palmer makes her period debut as Bozzle's wife and a strong supporting cast includes Geoffrey Palmer, Geraldine James, John Alderton, Joanna David and James Bolam.

Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: "Andrew Davies brings to He Knew He Was Right the same modern resonance which he brought to the world of business and finance in The Way We Live Now.

"Oliver Dimsdale and Laura Fraser are perfectly cast as this beautiful, madly in love young couple, who, through a kernel of mistrust and lack of communication, head inexorably for disaster."

The 12-week shoot will be on location in London, Italy and the West Country.

He Knew He Was Right reunites Andrew Davies with the award-winning producer Nigel Stafford-Clark with whom he worked on The Way We Live Now.

The drama is produced by BBC Wales in association with Deep Indigo and is directed by Tom Vaughan, whose credits include Cold Feet, I Saw You and Final Demand.

Executive producers are Laura Mackie, Sally Haynes and Bill Boyes.

Notes to Editors

Jonny Lee Miller and Vanessa Redgrave to star in Byron (13.02.03)

State of Play press pack (16.04.03)

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