Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright is to write and direct a new one-off film for BBC1 about the Brontë sisters.
To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters is being described as an “original perspective” on the trio, who penned literary classics including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
Sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne, who lived in a parsonage in rural Yorkshire, still remain a mystery centuries after their first works were published under male pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.
Wainwright’s drama will focus on the three sisters’ “increasingly difficult relationship with their brother Branwell, who in the last three years of his life – following a tragically misguided love affair – sank into alcoholism, drug addiction and appalling behaviour.” The period of time was a tough one for the Brontë family, but coincided with the years the three women penned their now world-famous novels.
“I am thrilled beyond measure that I’ve been asked by the BBC to bring to life these three fascinating, talented, ingenious Yorkshire women,” said Bafta-winning and Yorkshire-born Wainwright of her next project.
“The Brontë sisters have always been enigmatic, but Sally Wainwright’s brilliantly authentic new BBC1 drama brings the women behind some of our greatest literary masterpieces to life,” added BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore. “It’s an extraordinary tale of family tragedy and their passion and determination, against the odds, to have their genius recognised in a male 19th-century world.”
To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters will be filmed in Yorkshire. Casting has yet to be announced.
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