Karen Gillan as 1960s supermodel Jean Shrimpton

Don’t Forget Manhattan!

Karen Gillan as 1960s supermodel Jean ShrimptonLooking for something to watch on TV tonight? Don’t forget that Karen Gillan stars in We’ll Take Manhattan as model Jean Shrimpton, alongside Aneurin Barnard as photographer David Bailey and Vampires of Venice guest star Helen McCrory as Lady Clare Rendlesham.

We’ll Take Manhattan explores the explosive love affair between 1960s supermodel, Jean Shrimpton, and now-legendary photographer David Bailey.

Focusing on a wild and unpredictable 1962 Vogue photo shoot in New York, the drama brings to life the story of two young people falling in love, misbehaving and inadvertently defining the style of the 1960s along the way.

Set predominantly in 1962 but also exploring the story of how Bailey and Shrimpton first met, this one-off drama reveals how a young, visionary photographer refused to conform. By insisting on using the unconventional model Jean Shrimpton on an important photo shoot for British Vogue, Bailey railed against established practices. Over the course of a freezing week in Manhattan, he went against the wishes of fashion editor, Lady Clare Rendlesham, and made startling, original photographs that accidentally changed the world for ever.

You can catch the film on BBC Four from 9.00-10.30pm tonight!

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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