Knew He Was Right - new Andrew Davies adaptation of Anthony Trollope
novel for BBC ONE
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.
is an unusual Trollope," says Davies.
dark and edgy portrait of a marriage in trouble which feels startlingly
modern - it's Trollope's take on the Othello story.
19th century novels tend not to deal with marriage at all,"
He Knew He Was Right an apparently ideal marriage goes disastrously
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."
young cast of talented actors will bring this riveting tale to life:
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
Fraser, whose credits include the movie A Knight's Tale, is
his spirited independent wife Emily, the epitome of a very modern
Cole plays her sister Nora, who has to choose between marrying
for money or marrying for love;
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nighy, fresh from his success in State of Play, is the devilish
Colonel Osborne, a man whose reputation leaves no lady safe.
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.
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.
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."
12-week shoot will be on location in London, Italy and the West
Knew He Was Right reunites Andrew Davies with the award-winning
producer Nigel Stafford-Clark with whom he worked on The Way We
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.
producers are Laura Mackie, Sally Haynes and Bill Boyes.
Lee Miller and Vanessa Redgrave to star in Byron (13.02.03)
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