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29 October 2014
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Drama brings history to life - BBC TWO Drama September & October press pack

The struggles of one ordinary family and two geniuses are dramatically recreated on BBC TWO this September and October.

Dawn Steele plays Mary CorriganThe Key is a sweeping and ambitious three-part drama which reunites the Bafta Award-winning team of writer Donna Franceschild and director David Blair.

It stars Dawn Steele, Ronni Ancona, Frances Grey, Ann Louise Ross and June Watson.

The drama recounts the story of the last century through the eyes of one family, encompassing three generations of a passionate Clydeside clan, headed by Mary Corrigan (Dawn Steele and later June Watson).

Jonny Lee Miller plays ByronIn a major two-part drama about Byron's life and loves, Jonny Lee Miller stars as the charismatic, hedonistic and wildly rebellious Lord Byron.

Natasha Little plays his half-sister Augusta, with whom he had an incestuous affair; Camilla Power is Lady Caroline Lamb, his most famous jilted lover; Julie Cox is his betrayed wife Annabella; and Vanessa Redgrave plays Lady Melbourne, Byron's confidante.

Byron charts the rise and fall of an irresistible and devastatingly handsome genius who had it all and threw it all away.

Ian Hart, most recently seen as Dr Watson in BBC ONE's The Hound Of The Baskervilles and as Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, plays Ludwig van Beethoven in a unique film of the great composer's watershed symphony, Eroica.

Ian Hart is BeethovenWritten by Nick Dear, it focuses on the day in June 1804 when Beethoven's Third Symphony was first played through in a private rehearsal at the palace of the composer's patron, Prince Lobkowitz, in Vienna.

Set against the revolutionary climate of the early 1800s, Eroica is a real-time performance which explores the story behind the symphony, the composer's passion for his work and his unrequited love for an unattainable woman.

Transmission dates and times

The Key - BBC TWO, Tuesday 16 September at 9.00pm

Notes to Editors

The BBC TWO Drama September & October press pack is available below in PDF format, by programmes or as a complete pack.

You may require Adobe Acrobat Software to read PDF files which can be obtained here.

Full BBC TWO Drama September & October press pack (604 KB)

The Key (218 KB)

Byron (285 KB)

Eroica (212 KB)

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