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BBC revive Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Jodie Comer & Martin Freeman star

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Alan Bennett’s legendary Talking Heads is getting a new series with stars like Martin Freeman and Jodie Comer from Killing Eve.

The BBC plans to revive Bennett’s monologue series, first broadcast in the 1980s, Maggie Smith, Thora Hird, Julie Walters and Bennett himself all appeared then.

Now Jodie Comer, Imelda Staunton, Tamsin Greig and hobbit star Martin Freeman will be cast in the same roles – while Bennett has also written two new monologues for the occasion.

Bennett said of the idea, “In such difficult circumstances, that the BBC should choose to remount both series of Talking Heads, and produce two entirely new ones, is a comfort and a huge compliment. I hope a new generation of actors will get and give as much pleasure as we did 20 and 30 years ago.”

The line-up includes Jodie Comer in “Her Big Chance” (a role played first time out by Julie Walters); Tamsin Greig in “Nights in the Garden of Spain” (originally Penelope Wilton); The Crown’s Imelda Staunton in “A Lady of Letters” (originally Patricia Routledge); and Martin Freeman, will appear in “A Chip in the Sugar” which was originally performed by Bennett himself.

The series will start on BBC One on Tuesday 23 June at 9.00pm, the series of 12 monologues will also be on iPlayer.