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We’ll Take Manhattan (BBC-4 2012, Karen Gillan, Aneurin Barnard)



We’ll Take Manhattan explores the explosive love affair between Sixties supermodel, Jean Shrimpton, and photographer, David Bailey.

Focusing on a wild and unpredictable 1962 Vogue photo shoot in New York, the drama brings to life the story of two young people falling in love, misbehaving and inadvertently defining the style of the Sixties along the way.

Set predominantly in 1962 but also exploring the story of how Bailey and Shrimpton first met, this one-off drama reveals how a young, visionary photographer refused to conform. He insisted on using the unconventional model Jean Shrimpton on an important photo shoot for British Vogue and, over the course of a freezing week in Manhattan, went against the wishes of fashion editor, Lady Clare Rendlesham, and made startling, original photographs.

We’ll Take Manhattan is the story of that wild week, of Bailey and Jean’s love affair, and of how two young people accidentally changed the world for ever.

production details
UK | BBC Four | 1×90 minutes | Broadcast Thursday 26 January 2012

Writer and Director: John McKay

Karen Gillan as Jean Shrimpton
Aneurin Barnard as David Bailey
Frances Barber as Diana Vreeland
Anna Chancellor as Lucie Clayton
Alex Jennings as John Parsons
Helen McCrory as Lady Clare Rendlesham
Allan Corduner as Alex Liberman
Natasha Little as Peggy Shrimpton
Fiona Button as Lavinia
Robert Glenister as Ted Shrimpton
Joseph May as Larry Schwartz