BBC4 has fi­nal fling with Dick and Liz

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REELNEWS -

Now this is brave. Just a few months af­ter poor old Lindsay Lo­han crashed and burned in Liz and Dick, the BBC has an­nounced that it is set to cast Do­minic West and He­lena Bon­ham Carter in its own take on the ro­mance be­tween Richard Bur­ton and Elizabeth Tay­lor.

As is so of­ten the case th­ese days – think Lin­coln, The Queen, Frost/Nixon – the piece will re­ject the full biopic treat­ment for a tight fo­cus on one rep­re­sen­ta­tive event. Bur­ton and Tay­lor deals with the cou­ple’s time ap­pear­ing in a pro­duc­tion of Noël Coward’s Pri­vate Lives dur­ing the early 1980s.

Though they are both play­ing beau­ti­ful peo­ple, He­lena and Do­minic are to be com­mended for lack of van­ity. Both are a fair bit younger than the leg­ends were at the time.

Bur­ton and Tay­lor looks to be the last drama pro­duc­tion to screen on the heav­ily cut, con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent BBC4 net­work. Boo!

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