Three major films about the artistic careers of British female icons Margot Fonteyn, Gracie Fields and Enid Blyton aired on BBC Four in November 2009 as part of the Women We Loved season.
Margot will air on TVOntario on March 28, 2010 at 9 pm
Anne-Marie Duff (The Virgin Queen) will play Margot Fonteyn, one of the truly great dancers of our time.
"The drama will explore Margot's dancing partnership and complex relationship with Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, forged at the point in her career when everyone expected her to retire. Instead, Fonteyn's and Nureyev's partnership became internationally renowned and Fonteyn danced for another 17 years. The collaboration propelled them into the stratosphere of international stardom, creating a kind of celebrity that had never existed before."
Also starring Sir Derek Jacobi, Penelope Wilton, Lindsay Duncan, Con O'Neill and Michiel Huisman as Nureyev. (Huisman just played Albert's brother Ernest in The Young Victoria)
Helena Bonham Carter portrays Enid Blyton. Matthew Macfadyen (Little Dorrit) and Denis Lawson (Bleak House) also star.
"One of the most recognised storytellers of all time, Enid Blyton's charming characters and classic tales have enchanted countless generations of children all over the world for almost 80 years. She has sold more than 500 million books in 40 countries."
Jane Horrocks (The Amazing Mrs Pritchard) will portray Gracie Fields, "singer and comedienne from Rochdale who rose to fame in the Thirties – becoming the nation's darling and highest-paid film actress in the world. Renowned for her common touch, Gracie symbolised the indomitable spirit of Thirties Britain. Her mass appeal was unprecedented."
Also starring Tom Hollander. Directed by Brian Percival (North & South).
Gracie aired on TVO on March 14, 2010