Wall to Wall to make Woman in Red for BBC2.
The scandal surrounding 18th century aristocrat Lady Seymour Worsley is to be turned into a one-off docu-drama produced by Wall to Wall for BBC2.
Woman in Red follows Sienna Miller-fronted The Girl, which explored the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren, and was the last large scale factual drama produced by the Warner Bros-owned indie.
The screenplay, penned by David Eldridge, tells the story of Lady Seymour Worsley, who left her husband and eloped with his best friend.
Lady Worseley, played by Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games), subsequently becomes the subject of a high-profile court case brought against her by her shamed husband, played by Cilla star Aneurin Barnard.
The 90-minute drama is based on Hallie Rubenhold’s book Lady Worsley’s Whim, originally inspired by a painting of Lady Worsley which hangs in a stately home in Yorkshire.
Woman in Red will air in 2015 and was commissioned by BBC documentaries commissioning editor Maxine Watson and BBC drama commissioning editor Lucy Richer.
Wall to Wall chief executive Leanne Klein and head of drama development Eleanor Green will executive produce, alongside director Sheree Folkson. Madonna Baptiste will produce the film.
Last year, Warner Bros Television Productions UK, formerly Shed Media, established a dedicated scripted content division for continuing dramas, Headstrong Pictures. The label acquired titles including Shed Productions’ Waterloo Road and Wall to Wall’s New Tricks. Other indies owned by the group would still continue to produce dramas on an ad-hoc basis.