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The Line Of Beauty

BBC TWO - Winter/Spring highlights 2006


The Line Of Beauty


The Line Of Beauty is adapted by award-winning writer Andrew Davies from Alan Hollinghurst's Booker Prize-winning novel.


This is a story about love, class, sex and money that gets deep under the skin of the Thatcherite Eighties.


Framed by the two General Elections which returned Mrs Thatcher to power, The Line Of Beauty unfurls through four extraordinary years of change and tragedy.


This outsider's journey into the heart of the beautiful and seductive world of the social elite bristles with emotion, drama and social commentary. Full of style and wit, it is a richly textured coming-of-age story, set in London in a ruthless decade.


The Line Of Beauty stars a mix of new, young talent and established names. Dan Stevens, Alex Wyndam, Don Gilet and Hayley Atwell appear alongside Tim McInnerny, Kenneth Cranham, Alice Krige, Kika Markham and Chris Fairbank.



BBC TWO highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Coup! starring Robert Bathurst




Written by John Fortune, Coup! was filmed on location in South Africa.


Jared Harris and Robert Bathurst star in Coup!, a story of audacity, incompetence and betrayal.


This one-off film for BBC TWO provides a shocking – and sometimes hilarious – insight into the true story of how Simon Mann (Harris) found himself betrayed, arrested and confined to an African jail, following his involvement in the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea that gripped the British public in 2004.


It charts the fortunes of Mann, Nick Du Toit and their handpicked crew of mercenaries, and explains why Mark Thatcher (Bathurst), son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, became involved and was arrested.



BBC TWO highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Soundproof




Soundproof is a gripping new urban thriller which breaks new ground in bringing deaf and hearing actors together in a compelling and very contemporary whodunit.


It follows BBC TWO's tradition for bold, original and challenging dramas such as the award-winning film Flesh And Blood and last year's critically acclaimed Every Time You Look At Me.


When Chris (Neil Stuke) is thrown off the balcony of a high-rise block of flats and it looks like murder, suspicion falls on his flatmate, Dean (Joseph Mawle) who is profoundly deaf.


Penny (Susan Lynch) is the sign language interpreter brought in to help the police question him.


Devised by director Edmund Coulthard (who won a Bafta for Best New Director for his BBC TWO series Tales From Pleasure Beach) and written by Joe Fisher, Soundproof also stars Brendan Coyle, Diana Martin and Joanna Dunbar, who makes her screen debut.



BBC TWO highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Riot at the Rite


Riot At The Rite


The most scandalous bun fight in the history of the arts took place during a ballet performance on 19 May 1913, which was to change the course of musical and cultural history.


Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring is regarded as one of the most revolutionary pieces of classical music from the 20th century.


Riot At The Rite – a single drama for BBC TWO – is a re-enactment of the preparations that led up to that first-night performance.


Alex Jennings, Adam Garcia, Aidan McArdle, Rachael Stirling and Griff Rhys Jones star and the ballet is performed in its entirety by the Finnish National Ballet, with the central role of The Chosen One performed by the Royal Ballet prima ballerina Zenaida Yanowsky.



BBC TWO highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Shoot The Messenger


Shoot The Messenger


Winner of the Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award, Sharon Foster has written a brave and provocative drama for BBC TWO.


It centres on one man's painful journey towards self-discovery, which challenges his attitudes and expectations of his own community.


David Oyelowo (Spooks) stars as Joe, a teacher with a mission. He is determined to save the black youngsters at his school from a life of gangs, crime and underachievement – whether they like it or not.


But when a seemingly minor incident escalates rapidly out of control and he loses his job, he turns against his own community.


He must hit rock bottom before realising that he, too, has a lot to learn about love, understanding and a different way of seeing his world.



BBC TWO highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in my Heart


Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart


Nathalie is an attractive and successful young woman who works as a personal shopper in a glamorous department store and is married to dependable Jeremy, a GP.


But Nathalie becomes seduced by Manchester's opulent city centre, bursting with designer shops, bars and restaurants, and when she befriends a wealthy client, Maya, she tries to emulate her lifestyle.


As Nathalie's spending habits spiral out of control, she is faced with devastating consequences for herself and her family.


Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart is an improvised drama written and directed by Marc Munden and starring Sally Hawkins, Steven Mackintosh and Daniela Nardini.



BBC TWO highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Derek Jacobi as Pinochet


Pinochet in Surrey


Pinochet In Surrey tells the remarkable story of what happened when a former South American dictator came to London for a holiday and was arrested.


Chile's General Pinochet (played by Derek Jacobi in this fully dramatised version of events) was detained in the UK under house arrest for nearly two years in 1998.


What followed sparked off a huge international incident. It also led to an extraordinary legal battle in which a House of Lords ruling was reversed, and New Labour faced up to the conflicting demands of real politique and ethical foreign policy.


Also starring Peter Capaldi, Phyllida Law, Anna Massey and Jessica Stevenson.







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