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‘Burton & Taylor’ Seen By 1.17M In UK; Royal Baby Gives News Channels All-Day Bump

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 5:15am PDT

There was an industry-wide delay in reporting overnight ratings in the UK after the mania surrounding yesterday’s Royal Baby coverage. In non-palace-related programming, BBC Four’s biopic Burton & Taylor, starring Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter, averaged 1.17M viewers for a 5.6% share. The well-reviewed movie was the last original British drama that will be aired on BBC Four due to budget cuts. Burton & Taylor will hit BBC America this fall. Meanwhile, the birth of the future king of England bumped up all-day news channel ratings giving BBC News a 2.8% share versus a three-month average of 1%. Sky News scored a 1.6% share against a .7% three-month average, The Guardian said on Twitter. Sky News peaked with 636,000 viewers at 8:55 PM, for a 2.87% share, according to Broadcast. A peak audience of 3.39M turned to BBC One at 8:55 PM. (BBC One scored the UK’s biggest TV audience since the Olympics with Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win earlier this month which was seen by a peak of 17.3M viewers.) Special ITV News coverage was watched by 3.5M in the 9-10 PM hour, ITV said.

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Hot Teaser: ‘Burton & Taylor’

Helena Bonham Carter is Elizabeth Taylor and Dominic West is her Richard Burton in BBC America‘s fall biopic Burton and Taylor. (Not to be confused with Liz & Dick, this year’s Lindsay Lohan-Grant Bowler telefilm take on the famed Hollywood couple.) Pic focuses on the celeb love affair as the husband and wife prep their 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s stage play Private Lives:

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First Look Photo: BBC America’s ‘Burton And Taylor’

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 5:02pm PDT

Move over Lindsay Lohan, there’s a new Elizabeth Taylor in town. BBC America today released the first pic of Helena Bonham Carter as the Oscar-winning actress alongside two-time husband Richard Burton as played by Dominic West. Unlike last year’s Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick, where Lohan co-starred with Grant Bowler’s Burton, all the drama in Burton And Taylor seems to be on screen as the film traces the divorced pair’s onstage reunion in a 1983 revival of the Noel Coward play, Private Lives. It ran for just 63 performances on Broadway.

The BBC Drama Productions project will be co-produced by BBC America for its Dramaville block. In the UK, it will air on BBC Four, though no date is yet set. BBC Worldwide is distributing internationally. Jessica Pope exec produces and Lachlan McKinnon is producer with Richard Laxton directing from a screenplay by Made In Dagenham‘s William Ivory.

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BBC America Boards ‘Burton And Taylor’ Movie As Co-Producer

Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter are starring in one-off movie Burton And Taylor as legendary, volatile ex-lovers Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The BBC Drama Productions project will be co-produced by BBC America for its Dramaville block. The story charts the pair’s ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of the Noel Coward play, Private Lives, which ran for 63 performances on Broadway. In the UK, it will air on BBC Four, though no date is yet set. BBC Worldwide is distributing internationally. Jessica Pope exec produces and Lachlan McKinnon is producer with Richard Laxton directing from a screenplay by Made In Dagenham‘s William Ivory.

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Dominic West & Helena Bonham Carter To Play ‘Burton & Taylor’

The BBC has ordered a one-off movie to star Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter as legendary, volatile ex-lovers Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Burton & Taylor is a 90-minute film that will air on BBC Four and chart the pair’s ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of the Noel Coward play, Private Lives, which ran for 63 performances on Broadway. Burton and Taylor were famously married twice, from 1964-1974 and again from 1975-1976. Most recently, Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler starred in a Lifetime biopic about the tumultuous couple. Burton & Taylor is an in-house project from BBC Drama Productions and will be exec produced by Jessica Pope. Richard Laxton, who’s helming the Emma Thompson-penned feature Effie starring Dakota Fanning, directs. The screenplay is by Made In Dagenham‘s William Ivory. Lachlan McKinnon (Silent Witness) is producer.

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