To Walk Invisible is a new drama from the always excellent Sally Wainwright (of Happy Valley and Scott and Bailey fame) about the Bronte family. The one off drama not only focuses on the lives of legendary writers Anne, Emily and Charlotte Bronte but also their father and brother Branwell.
Wainwright herself said of the drama “I wanted it to feel as authentic as it could. When people watch it I want them to feel that they are transported back in time. It’s not a chocolate box world and I hope it does reflect the real world that they lived in.
The primary aim of To Walk Invisible is to entertain people, for people to engage with it as drama and to enjoy it. I hope people will want to go away and know more about the Brontës, read their novels and read Emily’s poetry.
What’s interesting about the story to a contemporary audience is the domestic situation of the three Brontë sisters. The family are living with the alcoholic Branwell, who was very ill. It started in 1845 and goes through to 1848 when he died. The story is really about these three women living with an alcoholic brother and how they start trying to publish.”
UK / BBC One – BBC Cymru Wales – Lookout Point / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 2016
Writer and Director: Sally Wainright / Executive Producer: Faith Penhale / Producer: Karen Lewis
Jonathan Pryce as Patrick Bronte
Chloe Pirrie as Emily Bronte
Finn Atkins as Charlotte Bronte
Charlie Murphy as Anne Bronte
Adam Nagaitis as Branwell Bronte