Tuesday, 16 August 2011

BBC Two Premieres BBC Films' The Duchess starring Keira Knightley

BBC Two is to premiere THE DUCHESS, starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell and Charlotte Rampling on Thursday 25th August at 21.00.

Sensitive, extravagant and wildly charismatic, Georgiana – Duchess of Devonshire – was the ‘It Girl’ of the late 1700s. Married young to a cool and distant Duke, and the intimate of ministers and princes – Georgiana was a fashionista and political mover credited with swinging the election in the Whigs’ favour in 1785.

At the core of her story is a desperate search for warmth and love, which leads her into a passionate affair with future Prime Minister Charles Grey, and an intense and complex friendship with a woman who will ultimately betray her.

Directed by Saul Dibb. In association with Pathé Renn Production and BIM Distribuzione, A Qwerty Films / Magnolia Mae Production

Also on BBC Two on Saturday 20 August at 23:30 James McAvoy, Alice Eve and Rebecca Hall star in STARTER FOR TEN, a bittersweet comedy set in the mid-eighties about a working-class boy, stumbling romantically and academically through his first year of University.

On the way to achieving his lifelong ambition to appear on TV quiz show University Challenge, he falls in love with his beautiful teammate and forms a plan to win her heart through his advanced general knowledge skills.

STARTER FOR TEN is based on the novel by David Nicholls (One Day) and is directed by Tom Vaughan. An HBO presentation in association with Picturehouse and BBC Films, a Playtone picture, in association with Neal Street Productions.


BBC Films is the feature filmmaking arm of the BBC. It aims to make strong British films with range and ambition, bringing the best of British talent to audiences. BBC Films is firmly established at the forefront of British independent filmmaking and co-produces around eight films a year, working in partnership with major international and UK distributors. Christine Langan is the Head of BBC Films, responsible for the development and production slate, strategy and business operations.

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msmariah said...

I really enjoyed this movie. That said, Kiera Knightly has definitely become the "it" girl for period pieces.

CaptainD said...

The Tara Palmer-Tomkinson of historical dramas?!?!