Vanessa Redgrave Cast As Lead In BBC Two’s ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ Adaptation

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EXCLUSIVE: BBC Two has found one of the two leads for its upcoming 90 minute drama The Thirteenth Tale.

A production source tells me that veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave has been cast in the drama, which is an adaptation of the Diane Setterfield novel of the same name and will be a key part of BBC Two’s 2013 Christmas line up. I understand that Redgrave, whose previous TV credits include Nip/Tuck and Political Animals, has been cast as Vida Winter, an ageing novelist who is at the centre of the drama.

TVWise initially reported back in March that the BBC’s Controller of Drama Ben Stephenson and BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow had commissioned an adaptation of the novel and that it was being eyed as a key part of the channel’s Christmas line up. We also revealed that the drama was penned by Christopher Hampton, with Inside Men helmer James Kent directing.

The drama tells the story of the residents of Angelfield House and follows ageing novelist Vida Winter, who enlists a young writer to finally tell the story of her life – including her mysterious childhood spent in Angelfield House, which burned to the ground when she was a teenager. The project has been described to me as a “chilling ghost story which examines family tragedy.” Heyday Films is producing with David Heyman, Norma Heyman and Rosie Alison serving as producers. I’m waiting to hear from my other sources on additional casting. Production on the drama is slated to commence within the next month.