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Consuming Passion: 100 Years Of Mills & Boon
One of the most recognisable and compelling brands in our literary canon, Mills & Boon is synonymous with bodices being ripped and heaving bosoms.
But what is the real story behind this celebrated 100-year
Consuming Passion interweaves the
stories of three very different women each, in some way,
touched by the influence of Mills & Boon.
Drawn from biographical fact about Gerald Mills, Charles
Boon and his wife Mary, as well as testimonies from active
Mills & Boon authoresses, the drama, which is also inspired
by the writing styles within Mills & Boon, moves from the
gently romantic through to the super-charged erotic.
Entertaining, funny, moving and very raunchy, Consuming
Passion: 100 Years Of Mills & Boon stars Jodie Whittaker,
Patrick Baladi, Olivia Colman, Daniel Mays, Emilia Fox and
It is written by Emma Frost (Shameless),
produced by Ben Evans (The Curse Of Comedy, Fear Of
Fanny, Fantabulosa!) and Abi Bach (Mischief Night) and
directed by Dan Zeff (The Worst Week Of My Life).
Men Are Wonderful
A fun but emotionally heartfelt look at the life and loves of the pink Queen of Romance, Barbara Cartland.
Writer Jacquetta May delves behind Barbara Cartland's
celebrity image to tell the story of her first marriage,
which ended in a scandalous divorce, and of her intense
devotion to her brother, Ronald.
Though she championed traditional values and fluffy
femininity, Barbara (played as a young woman by Sinead
Matthews) had to support herself and worked with
ferocious energy to fund Ronald's triumphant election
campaign. But his success was short-lived - Ronald was
killed at Dunkirk leaving Barbara devastated.
She found solace in a phenomenal writing career,
ultimately making her the most prolific author of the
20th century. She sold more than 100 million books in
In her seventies, at the height of her commercial powers,
Barbara (played by Anne Reid) formed an unlikely
friendship with Lord Mountbatten (David Warner),
persuading the naval hero to collaborate with her on a
Could this friendship finally provide Barbara
with the happiness that eluded her throughout her life?
Time Shift: How To Write A Mills & Boon
What happens when a literary novelist tries to write popular romantic fiction? To mark the 100 years of romance publishers Mills & Boon, author Stella Duffy takes on the challenge of writing for them.
Romantic fiction is a global phenomenon, and Mills & Boon
are among the biggest names in the business.
welcomes submissions from new authors – but as Stella
soon finds out, writing a Mills & Boon is harder than it looks.
Help is at hand from the publishers themselves, a prolific
Mills & Boon author and some avid romance fans, as
Stella's quest to create the perfect Mills & Boon takes her
from London to Italy.
In doing so she discovers as much
about the joy and frustration of writing as she does about
the art of romantic fiction.