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Rob Brydon, Catherine McCormack and Julian Sands star in Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore

Category: TV Drama; BBC FOUR

Date: 26.11.2004
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Rob Brydon, best known for his performances in the award-winning Marion And Geoff, and as the eponymous star of The Keith Barret Show, is to take the title role in Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore, for BBC FOUR.

Kenneth Tynan was a theatrical colossus at the centre of 1960s swinging London.

Critic, impresario and dandy, he was no stranger to controversy and his must-read articles were celebrated for their incisive wit.

Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore is a 60 minute drama, written and directed by Chris Durlacher (the International Emmy award-winning writer and director of George Orwell: A Life In Pictures) and produced by Richard Fell.

With his beautiful wife Kathleen, played by Catherine McCormack (Spygame, Braveheart and Gunpowder, Treason And Plot), they were one of the most celebrated glamorous couples of the day.

Julian Sands will play Sir Laurence Olivier, with whom Tynan had a close but self-destructive friendship as they both wrestled against the political machinations of the new National Theatre.

Battling against censorship, mediocrity, out-dated attitudes and his own ailing health, Tynan was a man of insatiable appetites and endless wit, never losing his ability to light up a room with his incandescent humour, or to deliver a damning, earth-shattering observation.

His uncompromising attitude continually made him a thorn in the Establishment's side.

Inspired anew by his personal credo of "goad, lacerate and raise whirlwinds", Tynan's creative energies were divided between writing his merciless theatre criticism and devising Oh, Calcutta!, a controversial erotic stage revue that promised to bring the sexual revolution to the middle classes.

Tynan changed the face of censorship on the London stage forever.

Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC FOUR, said: "After the highly successful The Alan Clark Diaries of last winter, I'm delighted that we have a new drama based on the life of another famous British rogue - and with such prestigious credentials on-screen and off, I'm sure BBC FOUR audiences will find it every bit as compelling."



Category: TV Drama; BBC FOUR

Date: 26.11.2004
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