Jim Broadbent and Vanessa Redgrave join BBC drama ‘The Go-Between’

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BBC drama have confirmed Jim Broadbent and Vanessa Redgrave have joined the latest BBC One production of The Go-Between.

Both actors have a strong connection to The Go-Between, the beeb note, as Vanessa Redgrave’s father, Michael Redgrave, played the Older Leo in the first adaptation in 1971. Jim Broadbent appeared as an extra in the same adaptation in his first ever, uncredited, film role.

In the new production for the corporation Broadbent will star as the older Leo while Redgrave has taken on the role of the older Marian.

“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. It is a tremendous novel and Adrian Hodges’ script captures it perfectly.” – Jim Broadbent

They join Joanna Vanderham, Stephen Campbell Moore, Ben Batt and Lesley Manville in the 90-minute adaptation of the 20th century work by LP Hartley. The production also stars Jack Hollington as the young protagonist, Leo; Jack Cutmore-Scott and Samuel Joslin. The Go-Between has been adapted by Adrian Hodges.

The drama will air on BBC One next year as part of its season of classic 20th century literature. The season of films aims to explore and contextualise the enormous changes in the way men and women lived and behaved in the 20th century. They all tell uniquely intense and personal stories about people living in Britain 100 years ago.

In the storyline the saga 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. A nostalgic tale about lost innocence, The Go-Between paints beautiful pictures of British life, humanity and social hierarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.

BBC One’s season of classic 20th century literature will also include Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Ben Vanstone’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s novel Cider With Rosie and JB Priestley’s classic play, An Inspector Calls. The Go-Between has already commenced filming and will air in 2015.

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