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Vanessa Redgrave to star in The Go-Between

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Image caption Vanessa Redgrave was recently at the Toronto Film Festival promoting the film Foxcatcher

Actress Vanessa Redgrave is to star in a BBC adaptation of period drama The Go-Between.

The 77-year-old actress will play an older version of the character Marian in the story made famous in a film starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates.

Her father Michael Redgrave appeared in the movie, which was released in 1971, as an older Leo Colston.

Jim Broadbent, who had a minor role in the big screen version, has been cast in the BBC One drama as Leo.

The Go-Between will be screened next year as part of a season of new adaptations of literary classics from the 20th Century.

It was a novel written in 1953 by LP Hartley and chronicles an Edwardian teenager becoming embroiled as a go-between in the secret relationship between Marian and a local farmer named Ted Burgess.

Adrian Hodges, who has written the screenplay for the new TV drama, said it was "thrilling" that Redgrave and Broadbent have such a "strong connection with [director] Joseph Losey's well-loved film version from the 1970s".

Image caption Joanna Vanderham will play the younger version of Marian

"Our version of The Go-Between is a very different film for a new generation of viewers, but Vanessa's appearance will bring back happy memories of the gravity of her father Michael's performance.

"It is both lovely and moving to find Jim made his very first appearance in the movie. I couldn't be more flattered that these great actors are taking on roles that clearly mean a great deal to them," he added.

Actress Joanna Vanderham - star of BBC One's The Paradise - and Jack Hollington will star as the younger incarnations of Marian and Leo.

Lady Chatterley's Lover, Cider With Rosie and An Inspector Calls will also feature in the new season of literary classics.

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