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.
Cider with Rosie forms the final part to the 20th century literature season, the previous adaptions being Lady Chatterley’s Lover, An Inspector Calls and The Go Between. Cider with Rosie will air on Sunday the 27th of September on BBC One from 8:30 pm to 10:00pm. More promotional pictures below:
Marking the journey of young Lol as he grows from boy to man, the story chronicles first love, loss and family upheaval. Lol’s boyhood escapades take place in a rural world as yet untouched by electricity and cars – a place suspended between history and modernity.
With thanks to BBC Media.