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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Alfred Hitchcock was at the height of his fame and creativity when, in 1962, he chose an unknown fashion model to star in his most ambitious film, The Birds. But as he sculpted Tippi Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman's love. His failure destroyed both of their careers. Screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes has interviewed Tippi Hedren and surviving members of Hitchcock's crew.

This film tells their full tragic story for the first time. Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Titanic, Hunger Games, Tinker Tailor) and Sienna Miller (The Edge of Love, Factory Girl, Alfie, Layer Cake) star, supported by Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter, Cranford, Vera Drake) and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey). Directed by Julian Jarrold (Appropriate Adult).

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Boxing Day 2012 21:00 BBC Two

Credits

Alfred Hitchcock
Toby Jones
Alma Hitchcock
Imelda Staunton
Peggy Robertson
Penelope Wilton
Director
Julian Jarrold

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