Helena Bonham Carter is set to star as British soap legend Noele Gordon in Nolly, a new three-part series written by Russell T Davies, ITV announced this week.
Gordon, who died in 1985, starred in the popular British soap opera Crossroads for nearly 20 years before her character, Meg Richardson, was unceremoniously killed off in a shock 1981 storyline.
She was the show's only cast member to be given a permanent contract and was known for arriving on set every day, rather grandly, in a Rolls Royce. It later emerged that Gordon was dismissed in a bid to tank the show, which the network was keen to axe in favor of more lavish and modern drama series.
Nolly has been commissioned by U.K. network ITV. Bonham Carter said in a press release: "Noele Gordon was a fascinating, complex, brilliant, and gutsy woman – none of which I knew before I read Russell T Davies' script. I’m so thrilled to help tell Nolly's long overdue and largely forgotten story. Russell's screenplay is a work of brilliance and I hope I'll do him and Nolly justice. I can’t wait to start."
Davies added: "One of my very first jobs in TV was a trial script for Crossroads, and I've wanted to write the story of behind the scenes on that show for 40 years. At last, the truth can be told!"
Davies is due to return as Doctor Who showrunner in 2023 for the show's 60th anniversary celebrations and beyond. His most recent series, the highly acclaimed HIV/AIDS-based drama It’s a Sin, aired on Channel 4 and HBO Max earlier this year.
Are you looking forward to seeing Helena Bonham Carter in Russell T Davies’ Nolly?