Faye Marsay (The White Queen, Game Of Thrones), Jason Watkins (Trollied, The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies) and Helena Bonham Carter (Cinderella, Harry Potter) have been cast in Love, Nina, BBC One’s five-part drama series based on the book of the same name Nina Stibbe.
Love, Nina is described as “a culture clash comedy and a loving hymn to family” which tells the story of Nina, a 19 year-old girl, who leaves Leicester to work as a nanny in London in the 1980s. The book, which is a collection of letters Nina Stibbe sent to her sister while she was working as nanny in the 1980s, was published in 2013 and quickly became a best-seller.
Faye Marsay has been cast as Nina, the nanny, suffering from the culture shock of moving to one of London’s most Bohemian streets from her home town in the East Midlands; Jason Watkins as local author Malcolm Tanner; and Helena Bonham Carter as Georgia, the beautiful, forthright mother to Joe and Max. Josh McGuire, Ethan Rouse and Harry Webster also star.
Author Nick Hornby, whose notable works include About A Boy, adapted Love, Nina for the BBC in what is his television screenwriting debut. Independent production company See-Saw Films is producing with Iain Canning, Lucy Richer, Emile Sherman and Jamie Laurenson serving as executive producers. Bates Motel and Dig helmer S.J. Clarkson has also come on-board to direct. Production begins this month in London for a 2016 premiere.