The Line of Beauty
The Line of Beauty - a story of love, class, sex and money set in the Thatcherite Eighties
From Wednesday 17 May 2006 on BBC TWO at 9.00pm
BBC TWO's major new three-part drama The Line Of Beauty is adapted by award-winning writer Andrew Davies from Alan Hollinghurst's 2004 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.
This is a story about love, class, sex and money that gets deep under the skin of the Thatcherite Eighties.
It is directed by the critically-acclaimed Saul Dibb, winner of the 2005 Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer Award for Bullet Boy.
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 and Hayley Atwell appear alongside Tim McInnerny, Don Gilet, Kenneth Cranham, Alice Krige, Kika Markham and Chris Fairbank.
The Line Of Beauty is set between the 1983 and 1987 General Elections.
It charts the relationship between Nick Guest, a gay, middle-class boy with a passion for Henry James, and the Feddens, a rich Tory family from Kensington.
Nick meets Toby Fedden at Oxford and is attracted to him, so he is thrilled when he is invited to live with Toby's family when university ends.
During a hot summer in London, Nick befriends Catherine, Toby's manic depressive sister, and falls in love with Leo, a black, socialist council worker.
He becomes entranced by the powerful, privileged life led by the Feddens and their friends – a life untouched by the stark realities of Eighties Britain: vast unemployment and the rise of Aids.