Amazon Boards Emily Mortimer's 'Pursuit of Love' Miniseries

Lily James stars in the adaptation of Nancy Mitford's novel.
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Emily Mortimer (left) and Lily James

Amazon has signed on to co-produce a BBC miniseries from Emily Mortimer based on Nancy Mitford's novel The Pursuit of Love.

Mortimer writes and directs the three-hour project, which has begun production in the U.K. Amazon Studios is co-producing for the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand along with Open Book and Moonage Pictures. The show will air on BBC One in the U.K.

Set between the two World Wars, The Pursuit of Love is a romantic dramedy that follows the adventures and misadventures of Linda Radlett (Lily James, Downton Abbey) and her best friend and cousin, Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham, Into the Badlands). The cast also includes Dominic West, Dolly Wells, Mortimer, Andrew Scott, Beattie Edmondson, Assaad Bouab, Shazad Latif and Freddie Fox.

"I’ve always loved Nancy Mitford, so when I was asked to adapt The Pursuit of Love it was impossible to say no," said Mortimer. "It’s an outrageously funny and honest story, whose central character — the wild, love-addicted Linda Radlett — still reads as a radical. I feel privileged to be directing this show and working with the brilliant teams at Open Book, Moonage Pictures, Amazon Studios and the BBC."

The miniseries is one of the first TV shows in Britain to resume production amid the coronavirus pandemic. It will be filmed in accordance with government and industry guidelines to ensure the safety of cast and crew. (Bristol and Bath, the two areas where filming will take place, had fewer than 30 new coronavirus cases combined in the week of July 17.) 

Charles Collier, Matthew Read and Frith Tiplady executive produce for Open Book and Moonage Pictures.