Two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton has been cast as Annie Lee in BBC One’s new adaptation of Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie.
Directed by Philippa Lowthrope, Cider with Rosie has been adapted by Ben Vanstone who previously brought The Borrowers to our screens back in 2011.
The lead role of Laurie will be played by newcomer Archie Cox whilst Andy Serkis’ daughter Ruby Ashbourne Serkis will play the titular Rosie.
A raft of familiar faces will take on supporting roles including Jessica Hynes as Miss Crabbie, June Whitfield as Granny Wallon and Annette Crosbie as Granny Trill.
A vivid memoir of Laurie Lee’s childhood, Cider With Rosie is an evocative coming-of-age story, set in an idyllic Cotswold village, during and immediately after the Great War. Marking the journey of young Lol as he grows from boy to man, the story chronicles first love, loss and family upheaval. Lol’s boyhood escapades take place in a rural world as yet untouched by electricity and cars – a place suspended between history and modernity.
Of her role Samantha Morton says: “I am thrilled to have taken on the role of Annie Lee in BBC One’s adaptation of Cider With Rosie as it is one of my favourite books.”
Cider with Rosie will air in 2015 as part of a season celebrating 20th Century Literature.