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.
Dominic West, Emily Watson and Monica Dolan won acting awards at the TV BAFTAs today for their roles in Appropriate Adult, a miniseries about Britain’s controversial investigation of serial killer Fred West and his wife Rosemary. Dominic West played Fred, Watson portrayed a social worker in the case and Dolan played Rosemary — beating Dame Maggie Smith who was nominated for Downton Abbey. Andrew Scott was voted best supporting actor for Sherlock, in which he plays the arch-nemesis Moriarty to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes. Cumberbash was nominated for best actor but lost to Dominic West. But Appropriate Adult lost to another miniseries, This Is England ’88.
Complete list of winners:
LEADING ACTOR — Dominic West, Appropriate Adult - ITV1
LEADING ACTRESS — Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult - ITV1
SUPPORTING ACTOR — Andrew Scott, Sherlock - BBC One
SUPPORTING ACTRESS — Monica Dolan, Appropriate Adult - ITV1
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