Matt Smith And His Kind

Produced with the assistance of Northern Ireland Screen, Christopher and His Kind stars Matt Smith putting the sonic screwdriver aside to star as writer Christopher Isherwood.

Doctor Who star Matt SmithA 90-minute film chronicling the formative years of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers, Christopher and His Kind is based on the 1976 memoir of the same name.

Announcing a raft of new drama commissions (which include a film about the early years of Morecambe and Wise), BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow said:

…the recently announced Christopher And His Kind, with Matt Smith playing writer Christopher Isherwood, [is] the kind of impactful, ambitious and intelligent dramas I want at the heart of BBC Two.

Portraying the writer’s escape from the repressive English society and his suffocating relationship with his mother (Lindsay Duncan, The Waters of Mars) for the decadent – and politically unstable – world of Thirties Berlin, the drama is written by acclaimed playwright Kevin Elyot (My Night With Reg), directed by Geoffrey Sax (Doctor Who, Tipping The Velvet) and with Eleanor Moranas BBC executive producer, through Piers Wenger, Head of Drama, BBC Wales.

Given the subject matter, the chances are that this film – expected to be broadcast later this  year – won’t be wholly suitable for children.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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