The BBC have released the first trailer for its new TV film about the turbulent marriage of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
The film is set as the married acting couple prepare for their 1983 portrayal of Noel Coward’s play Private Lives, and is set to be a glamorous drama which highlights the tension in the couple’s relationship.
Burton and Taylor were married on March 15, 1964. When they first met, both were married to other people causing a storm of controversy which had the media following their marriage intensely throughout its duration. It is believed that Taylor decided to put her marriage before her career and deliberately put on weight so as to put off any casting agents waning to offer her movie roles.
The marriage lasted over a decade but, on June 26, 1974 they divorced.
However, they couldn’t keep apart and, sixteen months later on October 10, 1975 they remarried but the second marriage did not last either and on July 29, 1976 they divorced again.
Playing the famous couple are Helena Bonham-Carter and Dominic West in what will be the first TV biopic of the pair since America’s TV movie Liz & Dick, which starred Lindsay Lohan as Taylor and Grant Bowler as Burton.
Liz & Dick was not received with good reviews with the Hollywood Reporter stating that Lohan’s portrayal was “unbearably hilarious” adding:
“The best part is that it gets worse as it goes on… By the time Lohan is playing mid-80s Taylor and it looks like a lost Saturday Night Live skit, your body may be cramped by convulsions.”
Written by William Ivory and directed by Richard Laxton, Burton and Taylor is being produced for BBC4, the last in a successful series of biopics due to budget cuts last year as part of the network’s Delivering Quality First cost-saving initiative.
Other similar drama biopics produced by the BBC include Margaret Thatcher, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, Kenneth Williams, Frankie Howerd and Barbara Cartland.