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Christabel (BBC-2 1988, Elizabeth Hurley, Stephen Dillon)

Christabel Elizabeth Hurley

Period drama Christabel was a remarkably restrained Dennis Potter adaptation although in fact when writing on other author’s material Potter always showed proper respect for the material. This four parter tells the true life story of English girl Christabel Burton who in 1934 marries German Peter Bielenberg and moves to Germany with him only to find her life in danger when world war two breaks out.

Something of a breakthrough role for Elizabeth Hurley who here, before the fame and endless publicity is not only beautiful but also highly capable.

production details
UK / BBC Two / 4 episodes either 55 or 65 minutes duration / Broadcast 16 November – 7 December 1988

Writer and Executive Producer: Dennis Potter / Book: Christabel Bielenberg / Music: Stanley Myers / Producer: Kenith Trodd / Director: Adrian Shergold

cast
Elizabeth Hurley as Christabel
Stephen Dillon as Peter
Geoffrey Palmer as Mr Burton
Ann Bell as Mrs Burton
Nigel Le Vaillant as Adam
Renny Lister as Aunt Ulla
John Burgess as Neisse
Sam Preston as Nicky
Ryan Le Neveu as John
Sam Kelly as Langbehn
Ralph Brown as Lange