Period mini-series Darlings Of The Gods took us back to 1948 when top English actors Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh visited Australia with the Old Vic Theatre Company. Leigh is drawn towards an affair with up and coming actor Peter Finch.
Based on a well documented period in the life of the Oliviers when Leigh was beginning something of a downward spiral.
Australia / ABC – Simpson Le Mesurier – Euston / 2×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 27-28 September 1989
Writers: Roger Simpson, Graeme Farmer / Book: Garry O’Connor / Camera: Ian Warburton / Music: Brian May / Design: Colin Gersch / Costume: Jim Murray / Producers: Roger Le Mesurier, Roger Simpson / Executive Producer: Sandra Levy / Director: Catherine Millar
ANTHONY HIGGINS as Laurence Olivier
MEL MARTIN as Vivien Leigh
JEROME EHLERS as Peter Finch
RHYS McCONNOCHIE as Ralph Richardson
ANTHONY HAWKINS as Cecil Tennant
BARRY QUIN as Dan Cunningham
JACKIE KELLEHER as Elsie Beyer
LINDY DAVIES as Antonia Vaughan
NICKI PAULL as June Kelly
SHANE BRIANT as Cecil Beaton
FRED COURT as Peter Cushing
MARTIN REDPATH as George Relph