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Helena Bonham Carter will star in Nick Hornby’s Love, Nina, an adaptation of Nina Stibbe‘s book Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home, for BBC flagship channel BBC One, the U.K. public broadcaster said Wednesday.
She will play Georgia, “the beautiful, forthright mother” of two brothers who get a new nanny.
The British culture clash drama about a young nanny from Leicester finding her feet in 1980s London will be Hornby’s first drama written for TV. It is inspired by Stibbe’s book, which consists of the letters she wrote as a young live-in nanny to her sister back home. The BBC promises “a charming, laugh-out-loud” series that “celebrates family and friendship in all its chaotic glory.”
“Nina Stibbe’s book Love, Nina has already established itself as a much-loved piece of comic writing and I love it,” Hornby said. “Her observations and worldview were the inspiration for a show that we think captures the same spirit. It’s been a joy to write and we’re thrilled with the quality of our cast.”
The show reunites Bonham Carter with Toast director S.J. Clarkson, who returns to U.K. TV after directing the opening episodes of Marvel and Netflix’s AKA Jessica Jones and Vinyl for Martin Scorsese and HBO.
The Love, Nina cast also includes Faye Marsay (The White Queen, Game of Thrones) as Nina, Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, W1A) as author Malcolm Tanner and Josh McGuire (Mr Turner) as Nina’s on-again, off-again boyfriend. Ethan Rouse and Harry Webster will play brothers Joe and Max.
Filming takes place on location in London this month.
Produced by See-Saw Films (Top of the Lake), Love, Nina was commissioned by BBC One controller Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, former controller BBC Drama Commissioning.
Love, Nina got an order for five 30-minute episodes. Stibbe’s book, her first, won the 2014 National Book Award for popular non-fiction book of the year.
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