The BBC have today released the first look at a new adaptation of Laurie Lee’s classic autobiography, Cider With Rosie. Set during the early 20th century, the one of drama follows Laurie from his childhood through to adolescence and depicts Lee’s magical youth.
The adaption stars Golden Globe winner Samantha Morton as Lee’s mother Annie. The drama also stars Jessica Hynes (W1A, Twenty Twelve, Spaced) as Miss Crabby; June Whitfield (Absolutely Fabulous, Last Of The Summer Wine, Boomers) as Granny Wallon and Annette Crosbie (One Foot In The Grave, Little Dorrit, What We Did on Our Holiday) as Granny Trill. Billy Howle (Glue, New Worlds, Vera) takes on the role of Private James Harris. Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe (Call The Midwife, Five Daughters) and adapted from Lee’s book by Ben Vanstone (Merlin, The Borrowers, EastEnders) the book forms the cornerstone of the BBC’s new 20th Century Literature Season.
Throughout September the BBC will screen adaptions of some of the most popular works of literature from the period. Starting with Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H Lawrence and starring Holliday Granger, Richard Madden and James Norton. Lady Chatterley’s Lover is set to be broadcast on Sunday the 6th of September from 9:00pm. This will be followed by Cider with Rosie; An Inspector Calls adapted from the play by J. B Priestly (starring David Thewlis as The Inspector; Ken Stott as Arthur Birling and Miranda Richardson as Sybil Birling) and The Go Between by L. P Hartley.
With thanks to BBC Media.