Victoria Wood is to adapt her musical play about a choir reunion for BBC2.
The new show, Tubby and Enid, will star Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball and is an adaptation of Wood’s play That Day We Sang, which also begins a run at the Manchester Royal Exchange this month.
The TV show musical starts filming next month and will star Vera Drake actress Staunton as Enid and singer Ball as Tubby.
Both characters sung in a Manchester Children’s Choir in 1929 and the action focuses on their reunion 40 years later as they embark on a faltering romance.
Wood said: “Tubby and Enid brings together everything I love, singing, dancing, comedy, love and chips. A musical set in ‘29 and ‘69 complete with tap dancing children, singing coal men and possibly a tram, was always going to be a big undertaking….. I’m hoping to deliver something that will be a real treat for the audience.”
Producer Paul Frift added: “Tubby and Enid is a beautiful universal love story, we will all be in floods of tears before the end.”