Vanessa Redgrave (The Thirteenth Tale) and Jim Broadbent (The Great Train Robbery) have joined the cast of BBC One’s The Go-Between, TVWise has learned.
Based on the novel of the same name 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.
Vanessa Redgrave will play the older Marian, while Jim Broadbent will play the older Leo. Both actors have a particularly strong connection to the project, with Redgrave’s father having appeared in the 1971 adaptation, in which Broadbent also had a role. “Having been an extra in the first adaptation of The Go-Between in 1971 I was thrilled to be asked to be in this new version”, he said.
The duo join a cast which is being led by The Paradise star Joanna Vanderham, who plays Marian Maudsley. The one-0ff, which was commissioned alongside three other literary adaptations as part of the BBC’s season on classic 20th century literature, also stars Stephen Campbell Moore, Ben Batt, Lesley Manville, Jack Hollington, Jack Cutmore-Scott and Samuel Joslin.
The Go-Between is being produced by BBC Drama Production and was adapted by The Musketeers creator Adrian Hodges. Claire Bennett is set to produce, while Adrian Hodges and Sue Hogg will executive produce. Production is now underway on the 90 minute drama, which is being directed by Legacy helmer Pete Travis.
“First and foremost it’s exciting that we’ve attracted two such brilliant actors to the parts of the older Leo and Marian, but in Vanessa Redgrave and Jim Broadbent it’s also thrilling there is such a strong connection with Joseph Losey’s well-loved film version from the 1970s”, said writer and executive producer Adrian Hodges.