Wainwright to write Bronte drama

Wainwright to write Bronte drama

“Happy Valley” creator Sally Wainwright is to write and direct a drama about the Brontes for BBC1.

“To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters” will explore the relationships between Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte and their brother Branwell, who was an alcoholic and drug addict. It will be filmed in and around Yorkshire, where they lived. The programme will also explore how their self-educated father, who grew up in poor, rural Ireland, encouraged his children to become passionate about literature.

Wainwright, whose crime drama "Happy Valley" was a Bafta-winner, described the sisters as "fascinating, talented, ingenious Yorkshire women".

BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said: "It's an extraordinary tale of family tragedy and their passion and determination, against the odds, to have their genius recognised in a male 19th-century world."

Casting for “To Walk Invisible” has yet to be announced.