BBC to remake Alan Bennet's Talking Heads

The playwright will return with two new episodes.

The BBC has revealed plans to create a new version of Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads series.

The series, created by the acclaimed British playwright, aired for two series in 1988 and ten years later in 1998.

Each episode featured just a single actor performing a monologue to the camera, with the audience interpreting the story from there.

The BBC has already revealed some of the cast, which will include Killing Eve star Jodie Comer as well as Martin Freeman.

Imedla Staunton, who has recently been cast as Queen Elizabeth II in the next series of The Crown, will also feature.

The plan is to create 12 episodes, ten of which will be remakes of previous episodes with two being new scripts created by Alan Bennet. 

Due to social distancing measures, reports are that auditions were held over Zoom, but that the actual series will be filmed at Elstree Studios starting next Tuesday, with a skeleton crew.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Maxine Peake and Sarah Lancashire are also expected to be featured in the series, with Bennet saying that he was proud that a new generation of actors will be able to put their stamp on the monologues.

“In such difficult circumstances, that the BBC should choose to remount both series of Talking Heads, and produce two entirely new ones, is a comfort and a huge compliment. I hope a new generation of actors will get and give as much pleasure as we did 20 and 30 years ago.”

Source: Deadline

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