Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Consuming Passion - 100 years of Mills and Boon

CONSUMING PASSION 100 Years of Mills and Boon
UK / BBC Four / 1x90 minute episode / 2008 Writer: Emma Frost / Producers: Ben Evans, Abi Bach / Executive Producer: John Yorke / Director: Dan Zeff Coming soon is this drama Consuming Passion which is actually a trilogy of stories about three very different women involved with Romance

Publishers du jour Mills and Boon down the ages. In 1908 Charles Boon and his business partner Gerald Mills start up their publishing company and decide to take a chance on what is considered a very low brow area of the readership world, the romance novel. Meanwhile Charles' wife Mary is determined to stake a place for herself as a modern woman. Fast forward to the 1970's when Janet Bottomley, who spends most of her time caring for her elderly mother, falls for the handsome doctor who is going to operate on her mother. Finally the story is brought up to date with university lecturer Kirstie who, whilst busy teaching her students about M&B's place in the literary canon ends up in an explosive affair with a handsome stranger. Currently filming in and around London. castJODIE WHITTAKER as Mary BoonDANIEL MAYS as Charles BoonPATRICK KENNEDY as Gerald MillsOLIVIA COLEMAN as Janet BottomleyPATRICK BALADIOT FAGBENIE

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Marilyn Shoemaker said...

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Consuming Passion, 100 Years Of Mills & Boon

Category: TV Drama; BBC Four
Date: 18.08.2008

Jodie Whittaker (Tess, Venus), Patrick Baladi (Bodies, Party Animals), Olivia Colman (Peep Show), Daniel Mays (Funland) and Patrick Kennedy (Bleak House) are to star in a funny and moving, one-off drama for BBC Four about a publishing legacy.

Funny, moving and very raunchy, Consuming Passion, 100 Years Of Mills & Boon, written by Emma Frost (Shameless), is a drama about the publishing phenomenon that is Mills & Boon.

The two names are synonymous with ripping bodices and one of the most recognisable and compelling genres in literature. But what is the real story behind this celebrated 100-year publishing house?

"Interweaving the stories of three very different women, Consuming Passion will shed light on the impact and influence the books had on women's lives over the last century," says Ben Stephenson, BBC Head of Drama Commissioning.

The first story within the 90-minute drama features Mary (Jodie Whittaker), wife of Charles Boon (Daniel Mays), the wheeler-dealer co-founder of the publishing imprint with his staunch business partner and trusted friend Gerald Mills (Patrick Kennedy).

Whilst their book business fought to be original and successful in 1908 London, at home a very different battle raged between Mary and Charles – a battle fought in the bedroom, which would define the course of publishing history as Mills & Boon decide to take a chance on their low-brow, high-romance genre.

This story is based on the lives of the actual people behind the scenes.

Second is the tale of Janet Bottomley (Olivia Colman), an ordinary spinster devoted to her ailing mother, but at the expense of herself.

Janet's life takes a U-turn when she meets a devastatingly, handsome consultant (Patrick Baladi) who must operate on her mother. Triggering Janet's fantastical yearning for romance, a comedy of errors ensues, changing her world forever.

This story is inspired by the real experience of many women in the Seventies, discovering their voice during a time of societal and sexual revolution.

Finally, Kirstie's story brings the experience of Mills & Boon up-to-date.

A university lecturer in literature and feminist studies, Kirstie (TBC) is in a stagnating relationship with her partner Nick. Thwarted, bored and frustrated, she is lecturing to students on Mills & Boon and its place in our canon, when a swarthy young stranger (OT Fagbenie) enters her life.

This story gives a whole new meaning to the term "sex education"...

Consuming Passion, 100 Years Of Mills & Boon is a 90-minute drama made by BBC Drama Production, directed by Dan Zeff (Lost In Austen, Worst Week Of My Life) produced by Ben Evans (The Curse Of Comedy, Fear Of Fanny, Fantabulosa!) and Abi Bach (Mischief Night) and executive produced by John Yorke.

It was commissioned by Ben Stephenson.

Filming this month in and around London, the one-off drama will be screened later this autumn on BBC Four.

It follows in the footsteps of acclaimed BBC Four dramas Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!; Fear Of Fanny; and the rumbustious Fanny Hill.

BBC Drama Production is a world leader in producing much- loved and critically-acclaimed dramas including Criminal Justice starring Ben Whishaw; Cranford; Oliver Twist; Five Days; Waking The Dead; Silent Witness; Lark Rise To Candleford; Sense And Sensibility; BBC Four's recent Curse Of Comedy season; BBC Two's House Of Saddam; plus this autumn's highlights on BBC One, Survivors; Tess Of The D'Urbervilles and Little Dorrit.



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