EXCLUSIVE: BBC Two’s upcoming one-off musical drama Tubby & Enid has added three actors to its cast. I’ve learned that Michael Jibson (The Thirteenth Tale), Dorothy Atkinson (Call The Midwife) and Ian Lavender (EastEnders) have all boarded the drama which hails from, and is being directed by, Victoria Wood.
Dorothy Atkinson has been cast as Gertrude Riall, the coach of the children’s choir group at the center of the drama; while details of Jibson’s and Lavnder’s roles are being kept under wraps. The casting of Jibson, Atkinson and Lavender comes after TVWise previously broke the news that Game of Thrones alum Conleth Hill, Daniel Rigby (Big School), Sophie Thompson (EastEnders) and Lyndsey Marshal (Rome) had also landed roles on the 90 minute drama. The cast is being led by Bafta award-winner Imelda Staunton (Shakespeare in Love) and Olivier-Award winner Michael Ball (Hairspray, Sweeney Todd).
Based on Victoria Wood’s stage play That Day We Sang, Tubby & Enid tells the story of the iconic recording of Nymphs and Shepherds sung by the Manchester Children’s Choir in 1929. The drama begins as one of those children, Jimmy, prepares for the great day, before jumping ahead 40 years to a reunion of that same choir being filmed for a documentary. One of the ex-choir children is Tubby, a middle-aged insurance salesman, living alone after the death of his mother. Hearing the record for the first time in 40 years he gets a glimpse of the boy he was, and the man he could be, if he has the courage to change. At the same reunion is Enid, living in a safe narrow world of her own construction. The music stirs powerful memories in both and seems to offer a new direction, a last grab for love. We interweave their faltering romance with Jimmy’s story, living with his adored but embittered mother in a tiny back to back in Depression hit Manchester. Endor Productions is producing with Paul Frift serving as the producer and Hilary Bevan Jones & Matthew Read serving as the executive producers.