EXCLUSIVE: BBC Two’s upcoming 90 minute TV movie The Thirteenth Tale has added to its already large cast. My sources tell me that Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Selfridge), Adam Long (Vera) and newcomers Dylan Grego and Madeleine Power have been cast in the drama, which is being eyed as a key part of the channel’s 2013 Christmas schedule.
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. Heyday Films is producing with David Heyman, Norma Heyman and Rosie Alison serving as producers. Inside Men helmer James Kent is directing.
The BBC has announced that the cast will be led by Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman, with Redgrave playing Vida Winter and Colman assuming the role of Margaret Lea. However, TVWise previously broke the news that 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) and Michael Jibson (Hatfields & McCoys) have also been cast in this adaptation.