Helena Bonham Carter and Faye Marsay will signed on to star in the BBC television adaptation of “Love Nina,” about a young nanny who takes care of the children of the London Review of Books editor in the ’80s.
The source material is a series of letters thatauthor Nina Stibbe wrote to her sister about her job, the literary lights who visit her workplace and her boss, a mother of two who’s a celebrity among the cognoscenti.
Carter will play the mother and Marsay the nanny in the limited series, which will have five half-hour episodes.
The BBC called the drama a “laugh-out-loud culture clash… that celebrates family and friendship in all its chaotic glory.”
S. J. Clarkson will direct, and shooting will begin this September.
Here’s the book synopsis:
In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there’s a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car. Dinner table discussions cover the gamut, from the greats of English literature, to swearing in German, to sexually transmitted diseases. There’s no end to what Nina can learn from these boys (rude words) and their broad-minded mother (the who’s who of literary London).
A charming, hilarious, sweetly inspiring celebration of bad food and good company, “Love, Nina” makes a young woman’s adventures in a new world come alive.
[via The Guardian]