After the campy and somewhat sad spectacle that was Lindsay Lohan’s Lifetime movie “Liz and Dick” last fall, BBC America will be offering up its own take on the story of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The network announced today that it will co-produce “Burton and Taylor,” a 90-minute TV movie about the volatile relationship between the two Hollywood greats, with BBC Four.
Dominic West (who recently starred in BBC America’s period drama “The Hour”) and Helena Bonham Carter will play Burton and Taylor in a film centered around the pair’s ill-fated appearance in a 1983 stage revival of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.”
“Burton and Taylor” is written by William Ivory (“Made in Dagenham”) and directed by Richard Laxton (“An Englishman in New York” and the upcoming “Effie”). Lachlan McKinnon (“Silent Witness”) is the producer — “Burton and Taylor” is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide and, while no air date was announced by BBC America, is currently listed for a 2014 premiere.
BBC America’s Perry Simon said in the announcement that “We are thrilled to bring Burton and Taylor to BBC America’s Dramaville. With the incredibly talented and award-winning Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West in the title roles and a compelling script from William Ivory, Burton and Taylor captures the final and complicated reunion on stage of two British and Hollywood icons. We’re excited to tell this story in the tradition of the great BBC dramas our audience has come to expect.”
Certainly, they can’t do any worse than poor Lohan.