The BBC have today revealed several esteemed actors who will comprise the central cast of their impending television adaptation of L.P. Hartley's 1953 literary text The Go-Between. Consisting of a single 90-minute programme, this hotly anticipated drama is just one of a number of projects commissioned by the corporation in order to celebrate the great works of 20th Century literature such as J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls and Laurie Lee's Cider with Rose.
For the production's leading man and leading lady, however, the Beeb's selection of Hartley's critically acclaimed romantic drama will surely be especially significant; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Iron Lady star Jim Broadbent - who'll portray the elderly version of Leo, a somewhat familiarly reflective protagonist whose retelling of the socially scandalous events which he witnessed during his childhood acts as a more-than-suitable framing device for the overall narrative, in the Pete Travis-directed version in question - coincidentally appeared in the company's initial 1971 adaptation of the text, albeit in a supporting capacity, whilst the father of his co-star Vanessa Redgrave - or as we'll soon come to know her on-screen, Older Marian - starred in that very production as none other than Older Leo himself! Given the inherent rarity of such circumstances as these, we've little doubt that the Beeb will emphasise these respective actorial and familial connections throughout the marketing campaign, yet like any ambitious TV network, ultimately they'll have to maintain faith in the strength of Adrian Hodges' script and Travis' unquestionable abilities as a helmer if they're hoping for viewers to remember the latest incarnation of one of the past century's most prestigious texts fondly.
Aside from those highly regarded headliners, we've also listed the other cast members whose contributions were announced in the official press release earlier today below, along with details of the highlights of their respective filmographies (at the time of writing, specific information on which characters some of these players will portray was not available - stay tuned for more on this front in the coming weeks):
- Jack Hollington (Doctor Who ("The Time of the Doctor")) - Leo
- Ben Batt (Shameless; Captain America: The First Avenger; The Edge of Love) - Role TBC
- Stephen Campbell Moore (Season of the Witch; Johnny English Reborn; Hustle) - Role TBC
- Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise; The Runaway; What Maisie Knew) - Role TBC
- Lesley Manville (Coronation Street; Maleficent; Topsy Turvy) - Role TBC
- Jack Cutmore-Scott (Newcomer) - Role TBC
- Samuel Joslin (The Impossible) - Role TBC
The Go-Between will air as part of BBC One's season of 20th Century literary adaptations in Spring 2015.