Glenda Jackson to star in BBC One’s Elizabeth Is Missing
James R | On 18, Jun 2019
Glenda Jackson (Women In Love, Elizabeth R) is returning to our screens for BBC One drama Elizabeth Is Missing.
The two-time Academy Award winner will play the lead role of Maud in the one-off feature-length drama, marking her return to the screen after over 25 years.
Adapted from Emma Healey’s hugely successful novel by Andrea Gibb (Swallows And Amazons), Elizabeth Is Missing combines a gripping mystery with a tender exploration of one woman’s struggle with dementia. When her best friend Elizabeth goes missing, Maud is convinced that something terrible has happened, and sets out to solve the mystery. But with her dementia worsening, unfinished business unearthed and the past and present starting to merge, Maud’s search takes on a poignant urgency. Will Maud be able to discover the truth before she loses herself completely?
Jackson says: “Emma’s novel and Andrea’s screenplay paint the most striking portrait of a woman in the grip of a devastating condition. I am delighted to be making my return to television to play Maud, a character it’s impossible not to be charmed and moved by.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “We are thrilled that Glenda Jackson is returning to the BBC and will be at the heart of this inspiring and extraordinary tale. Andrea Gibb’s brilliantly crafted script and adaptation of Elizabeth Is Missing explores important themes told through emotion, warmth and humour.”
Elizabeth Is Missing is directed by Bafta award-winning Aisling Walsh (Room At The Top) and produced by STV Productions. Executive Producers are Sarah Brown and Andrea Gibb for STV Productions and Gaynor Holmes for BBC One. It will be produced by Chrissy Skinns.
Filming starts this summer in Scotland.