Nancy Mitford's classic novel The Pursuit of Love is heading to the small screen in a new three-part mini-series, a collaboration between the BBC and Amazon. Here's what we know so far:
The story centers around an upper class English family.
Lily James is no stranger to the period drama (and more specifically period dramas set in the years before WWII), and she's once again found herself in familiar territory. For those unfamiliar with Mitford's book, it's a comedy, though a tragic one, set during the period between the two world wars. And as the title suggests, matters of love and relationships are key to the plot.
Emily Mortimer will write and direct the series.
“I’ve always loved Nancy Mitford so when I was asked to adapt The Pursuit Of Love it was impossible to say no. It’s an outrageously funny and honest story, whose central character—the wild, love-addicted Linda Radlett—still reads as a radical,” the actress and screenwriter, who is perhaps best known for her roles in The Newsroom and Mary Poppins Returns, said. She'll also appear in a small part in the series.
At a recent event, she shared that Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette serves as a huge inspiration for the series.
“I don’t want this to feel like a period drama that’s made now about the 1930s. I want it to feel like a French film that’s made in 1965 or something, I want it to feel cool and sexy. I kept sending Lily videos of Anna Karenina doing funny dances and made them all watch A Bout de Souffle and Jules et Jim,” Mortimer said, per Deadline.
“Sofia Coppola’s films I kept watching as well, particularly Marie Antoinette, which is so brilliant because it is a period film but you don’t have the feeling that you’ve watched a period film when you finish it. You feel like you’ve watched a film about a girl living in extraordinary circumstances at a certain time. It feels fresh, live, and exciting. She doesn’t play by any rules at all — you’re in this bucolic, beautiful period movie and suddenly the Strokes start playing or she’s wearing Converse trainers underneath her huge crinolines running down the hallway. That was inspiring to me.”
The cast is a who's who of British TV.
In addition to James (Downton Abbey, Mamma Mia), Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag), and Mortimer, announced members of the cast include Emily Beecham, Dominic West, Dolly Wells, Beattie Edmondson, Assaad Bouab, Shazad Latif, and Freddie Fox.
Production is already underway.
Per Deadline, production has already started in "the Bristol and Bath area of south-west England." Filming will be impacted by the ongoing pandemic, but "the BBC said producers Open Book and Moonage have created comprehensive production protocols and are working with safety consultants to guard against coronavirus."
A premiere date has yet to be set.
It'll air on Amazon Prime in the States.
In the UK, the series will appear on on BBC One and iPlayer.
Each season will be basked on one of Mitford's books.
“It’s part of a trilogy of books. We hope to bring the books to life in future seasons, so The Pursuit Of Love Season 2 would be called Love In A Cold Climate based on a brilliant book by Nancy. The third book would become our third season, Don’t Tell Alfred,” explained executive producer Charles Collier.
We'll continue to update this post as additional information is shared publicly.
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