Last week when I went to BAFTA for a preview screening of Burton and Taylor my expectations were high.
Not least because of the subject matter, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who's life together has always been fascinating, but also because of the two actors chosen to play the couple, Dominic West and Helena Bonham - two of this countries finest acting talents. So I guess you want to know whether or not my expectations were met? Well, to tell you the truth, yes, they were - and then some. It wasn't just the performances by West and Bonham Carter, nor the subject matter, but the script was really strong and the direction was beautiful.
The screening was kicked off with a speech by Ben Stephenson, who is the Controller of Drama Commissioning for the BBC, in which he revealed that Burton And Taylor would be the last drama for the foreseeable future that would be made specifically for BBC Four, due to necessary budget cuts. When you think back to the drama BBC Four have made in the past, in particular biographical dramas such as, Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story, Enid and Hattie but to name a few, this news comes as quite a shock. Why end a run of such great original British Drama?
That said, what was clear was that they want