Helena Bonham Carter to play the forgotten British soap opera star in limited series


Los Angeles, November 24 (SocialNews.XYZ) Actress Helena Bonham Carter will play one of the British soap opera’s forgotten stars in a new limited series of “Years and Years” and “It’s a Sin” from writer Russell T. Davies and producer Nicola Shindler.

“Nolly,” commissioned by commercial broadcaster ITV, looks at the reign and disgrace of television legend Noele Gordon, who was a mainstay of the ITV soap opera “Crossroads” for 18 years until ‘she is unceremoniously dismissed, reports the variety. com.

“What’s extraordinary is that this woman was at the absolute pinnacle of power, and it was the biggest show in the land, and she was fired without any explanation and without any right of reply,” Shindler told Variety.

“In a post- # MeToo world, it’s fantastic to look at the theories and examine what she (went through) back then, and how she was treated, and how it was acceptable.” , continued the producer.

The three-part drama will be written by Davies and produced by Shindler’s new production company, Quay Street Productions, which is supported by ITV Studios.

The project is the first for Shindler’s new outfit, which was formed earlier this year following its 2020 release from the Studiocanal-backed production company RED.

‘Nolly’ seems to be a very specific British story.

Known as the Queen of the Midlands, Gordon had a reputation as a tough, haughty actress who went into rehearsals for a Rolls Royce, but she was loved by the cast and crew.

His dismissal from “Crossroads” in 1981 sparked a public outcry that created such pressure on the editorial staff that an alternate ending had to be written for his character, Meg Mortimer.

“One of my very first television jobs was a test screenplay for ‘Crossroads,’ and I’ve wanted to write the behind-the-scenes story of that show for 40 years,” Davies said.

“Finally, the truth can be told! “

Bonham Carter’s turn as Gordon marks a sort of return to British broadcasting for the Oscar-nominated actor, who last appeared in a recurring role on terrestrial television in 2016 with “Love, Nina” .

Most recently, she played the role of Princess Margaret in “The Crown”. She also has a guest role in the upcoming UK adaptation of “Call My Agent”.

“She’s someone who can be a truly extraordinary, interesting, strong and eccentric dynamic woman,” Shindler said of the actor.

“It had to be someone who was iconic in their own right, because Noele Gordon was so iconic back then. And it had to be someone with a sense of humor, which (Bonham Carter) clearly has. . “

Bonham Carter admitted that she had never heard of Gordon before receiving Davies’ screenplay, but was drawn to her public struggle as a woman battling sexism in the industry.

“Noele Gordon was a fascinating, complex, brilliant and courageous woman, one that I knew nothing about until I read the script by Russell T Davies,” said Bonham Carter.

She added: “I am delighted to help tell the long-awaited and largely forgotten Nolly story. Russell’s screenplay is brilliant work and I hope I will do him and Nolly justice. J can’t wait to get started. “

The show is directed by Peter Hoar while Karen Lewis is producing. Production will begin in 2022.

Source: IANS

Helena Bonham Carter will play the star of the forgotten British soap opera in limited series

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