BBC One has teamed up with Happy Valley scribe Sally Wainwright for To Walk Invisible, a one-off drama which will offer a “original perspective on the extraordinary” Bronte sisters, who between them were responsible for such works of literature as Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights.
Penned by Wainwright, To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters revolves around Charlotte, Anne and Emily’s increasingly difficult relationship with their brother Branwell, who in the last three years of his life – following a tragically misguided love affair – sank into alcoholism, drug addiction and appalling behaviour. Life at home with the Brontes at this time was not a comfortable place to be, and yet from this environment sprang their remarkable literary output.
The two-hour drama was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore & outgoing Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson and is being produced by BBC Drama Wales. In addition to penning the script, Sally Wainwright will also direct – making this only the second time she has helmed a TV project after previously directing an episode of Happy Valley. Karen Lewis is the producer, while BBC Wales’ Faith Penhale will serve as the executive producer.
“The Bronte sisters have always been enigmatic, but Sally Wainwright’s brilliantly authentic new BBC One drama brings the women behind some of our greatest literary masterpieces to life”, said Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One. “It’s an extraordinary tale of family tragedy and their passion and determination, against the odds, to have their genius recognized in a male 19th-century world.”