Joanna Vanderham to star in Adrian Hodges’ adaptation of The Go-Between for BBC One

As part of our season of 20th century classics The Go-Between is a compelling story of class, sex and innocence which this terrific cast and crew will capture in all its subtlety and power.Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning
Date: 18.08.2014     Last updated: 27.08.2014 at 09.26
Category: BBC One; Drama
Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise, Dancing On The Edge, Banished) has been cast as Marian Maudsley in The Go-Between, which will be directed by BAFTA Award-winner Pete Travis (Endgame, Legacy, Omagh) and air on BBC One as part of its season of classic 20th century literature.

The season of films aims to explore and contextualise the enormous changes in the way men and women lived and behaved in the 20th century. They all tell uniquely intense and personal stories about people living in Britain 100 years ago.

Joanna Vanderham will be joined by Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys, Hunted, Titanic) as Trimingham, Ben Batt (Shameless, From There To Here, Scott And Bailey) as Ted Burgess, and Lesley Manville (Maleficent, Another Year, Mayday) as Mrs Maudsley. The young protagonist, Leo, will be played by Jack Hollington. Jack Cutmore-Scott and Samuel Joslin will also star in the 90-minute adaptation of the 20th century work by LP Hartley.

The Go-Between follows Leo Colston, who as an elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old. A nostalgic tale about lost innocence, The Go-Between paints beautiful pictures of British life, humanity and social hierarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.

Joanna Vanderham said: “I am so excited to have been asked to play Marian Maudsley in the BBC's new adaptation of this classic novel. I hope to bring the spirit of LP Hartley's iconic and wonderful story to life on screen along with the fantastic cast lined up for The Go-Between.”

Adrian Hodges said: "It's always an exciting challenge for a writer to adapt a truly great novel and it's been my privilege to work on our new television version of Hartley's wonderful book. I'm thrilled with director Pete Travis's vision for the film and with the fresh and exciting cast we've assembled to realise that vision.

"I can't wait to see Joanna, Ben, Stephen and Lesley, along with the rest of our remarkable cast, bring these nuanced and delicately drawn characters to life and bring this moving story to the attention of a whole new generation of TV viewers. I feel very lucky to be part of such a beautiful and thrilling project."

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, added: “As part of our season of 20th century classics The Go-Between is a compelling story of class, sex and innocence which this terrific cast and crew will capture in all its subtlety and power.”

BBC One’s season of classic 20th century literature will also include Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Ben Vanstone’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s novel Cider With Rosie and JB Priestley’s classic play, An Inspector Calls.

The Go-Between will commence filming shortly and air in 2015. Made by BBC Drama Production, executive produced by Sue Hogg and Adrian Hodges and produced by Claire Bennett.

The season was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama.

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