Torvill & Dean

Torvill & Dean


Gifted young ice skater Jayne Torvill yearns to blossom. She knows she can, she just needs the right male partner out there on the rink. “I want to express myself!” she tells her parents. But they don’t quite get it. “Why? What have you got to express?” wonders her kindly mum, being accidentally withering.

William Ivory’s winning, rather sweet 2018 biographical drama watches the young Jayne and Chris (Poppy Lee Friar and Will Tudor, who are terrific) take their first steps on to the municipal rink in their home town of Nottingham and follows them to the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics.

We get some idea of that once-in-a-lifetime alchemy that brought two driven talents together to produce those four beautiful minutes when the world stood still to watch the magical, gold-medal-winning Boléro routine.

I don’t mind admitting, I cried at the end.


One-off drama following Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's humble beginnings and family life in Nottingham, and how they came together to forge an ice-dancing partnership that would see them secure their place in sporting history with 12 perfect 6.0s at the 1984 Winter Olympics for their famous Bolero routine. Will Tudor and Poppy Lee Friar star as the duo, with Stephen Tompkinson, Anita Dobson, Dean Andrews, Jaime Winstone, Christine Bottomley, Annabelle Apsion and Jo Hartley.

Cast & Crew

Christopher Dean Will Tudor
Jayne Torvill Poppy Lee Friar
Young Christopher Mason Hart
Young Jayne Danielle Hadfield-Ashton
Colin Dean Dean Andrews
Mavis Dean Christine Bottomley
George Torvill Stephen Tompkinson
Betty Torvill Jo Hartley
Betty Dawson Susan Earl
Brian Dawson Joe Docherty
Miss Perry Anita Dobson
Janet Sawbridge Jaime Winstone
Betty Callaway Annabelle Apsion
Aidy Daniel Fitzsimons
Young Aidy Daniel Price
Leanne Cassie Bradley
Shirley Dominique Moore
Ella Sophie Robertson
Director Gillies MacKinnon
Executive Producer William Ivory
Executive Producer Emily Dalton
Producer Emma Burge
Writer William Ivory
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