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
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
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
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."