Samantha Morton leads cast for BBC1’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie

The Minority Report and Longford star will play the author’s mother Annie Lee in the 90-minute adaptation of Lee's rural Edwardian memoir with Jessica Hynes, June Whitfield and Annette Crosbie also cast

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Minority Report star Samantha Morton has been cast in the BBC’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s much-loved memoir Cider With Rosie.

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She will play the mother of the author Laurie Lee in the dramatisation of his memories of childhood in an idyllic Cotswold village around the time of the First World War.

Joining the cast of the 90-minute film is W1A and Spaced star Jessica Hynes who will play drama teacher Miss Crabby while veteran actress June Whitfield will play the colourful Granny Wallon.

One Foot in the Grave actress Annette Crosbie has taken on the role of neighbour Granny Trill with newcomer Archie Cox given the part of the main protagonist Laurie or “Lol” as he is known. Ruby Ashbourne Serkis has been cast as the title character Rosie.

Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe (Jamaica Inn, Call the Midwife, Five Daughters) and adapted by Ben Vanstone (Merlin, The Borrowers, EastEnders) the film will air on BBC1 next year as part of its season of classic 20th Century literature.

The season will also include film adaptations of Adrian Hodges’ adaptation of The Go-Between, Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and J B Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls.

Morton said: “I am thrilled to have taken on the role of Annie Lee in BBC1’s adaptation of Cider With Rosie as it is one of my favourite books.”

BBC drama commissioning editor Lucy Richer added: “Cider With Rosie is one of the gems of twentieth century literature, and has been loved by generations as a coming of age story about love and family that still rings true today, in Laurie Lee’s centenary year. We are delighted to be bringing it to BBC1 with a fantastic young cast alongside the wonderful Samantha Morton.”

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Cider With Rosie has begun filming in Gloucestershire and will air in 2015.