BBC Two’s 90 minute TV movie The Thirteenth Tale will premiere on Monday December 30th at 9:30pm, it has been announced.
Based on the novel of the same name by Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale is set in the modern day and features poignant flashbacks starting in 1940. The drama begins when a young female biographer, Margaret Lea, sets out to interview a legendary writer named Vida Winter whose health is fading. Vida has, until now, refused to divulge the dark secrets of her life and past at Angelfield, her childhood home, which burned to the ground when she was a teenager. An unlikely shared empathy is cultivated between the two women, and Vida’s story forces Margaret to finally confront her own ghosts. The adaptation was written by Christopher Hampton, who previously adapted Doris Lessing’s novel Two Mothers and Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. The Thirteenth Tale is produced by Heyday Films and stars Vanessa Redgrave, Olivia Colman, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Gordon Winter (Friday Night Dinner), Antonia Clarke (Lightfields), Alexandra Roach (Utopia), Robert Pugh (Game of Thrones), Steven Mackintosh (Inside Men), Emily Beecham (The Village) Michael Jibson (Hatfields & McCoys), Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Selfridge), Adam Long (Vera), Madeleine Power, Janet Amsden, Lizzie Hopley, Martin Wimbush, Isabel Barlow and Alice Barlow.
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