Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball will star in a television version of musical drama of Victoria Wood’s stage play, That Day We Sang.
Tubby And Enid for BBC Two will be an adaptation of the stage play which begins a run at the Manchester Royal Exchange this month. Production will begin in early January 2014 for the 90-minute one off.
The television musical will star BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton and Olivier Award winner Michael Ball.
Tubby And Enid has at its core the iconic recording of Nymphs and Shepherds sung by the Manchester Children’s Choir in 1929. As we begin the story of one of those children, Jimmy, as he prepares for the great day, we jump ahead 40 years to a reunion of that same choir being filmed for a documentary.
One of the ex-choir children is Tubby, a middle-aged insurance salesman, living alone after the death of his mother. Hearing the record for the first time in 40 years he gets a glimpse of the boy he was, and the man he could be, if he has the courage to change. At the same reunion is Enid, living in a safe narrow world of her own construction.
The music stirs powerful memories in both and seems to offer a new direction, a last grab for love. We interweave their faltering romance with Jimmy’s story, living with his adored but embittered mother in a tiny back-to-back in Depression-hit Manchester.
Tubby And Enid brings together everything I love – singing, dancing, comedy, love and chips. A musical set in ’29 and ’69 complete with tap dancing children, singing coal men and possibly a tram, was always going to be a big undertaking, and I’m very appreciative of the way everyone at the BBC has been so encouraging and supportive.
Imelda and Michael are my dream team, superb professionals at the top of their game. I’m hoping to deliver something that will be a real treat for the audience. – Victoria Wood
Tubby And Enid is an Endor Production for the BBC.