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Margot (BBC-4 2009, Anne-Marie Duff, Lindsay Duncan)

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The incredible story of legendary ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn is brought to vivid life in this drama.

With a brilliant central performance from Ann-Marie Duff and beginning when Margot is forty and is Britain’s first international ballet star, the drama is compelling look at the life of this woman as she nears the end of her performing career, despite having caused a sensation with her partnership with Rudolph Nureyev, and is clearly uncertain which way her life is now going to go. Margot is also pulled apart by the increasingly flagrant affairs of her husband – Panamanian diplomat Roberto de Arias (played by Con O’Neill) and seriously begins to consider retirement.

production details
UK / BBC Four / 85 minutes / Broadcast 30 November 2009

Writer: Amanda Coe, inspired by the book by Meredith Daneman
Script Editor: Tom Winchester
Music: Richard Vallance
Director of Photography: Florian Hoffmeister
Production Designer: David Roger
Executive Producers: Jamie Laurenson, Michele Buck, Amanda Coe and Damien Timmer
Producer: Celia Duval
Director: Otto Bathurst

cast
Michiel Huisman as Rudi Nureyev
Lindsay Duncan as Madam
Penelope Wilton as B.Q.
Con O’Neill as Tito
Anne-Marie Duff as Margot Fonteyn
Derek Jacobi as Fred Ashton
Michelle Bonnard as Sally