Friday, 20 May 2016

Tonight's Tele Tip: Love, Nina (and Rapid Review)

Really looking forward to Love, Nina on BBC1 tonight at 9:30pm starring Faye Marsay and Helena Bonham Carter.

This is a 5 part adaptation by Nick Hornby of Nina Stibbe's bestselling memoirs of the same name detailing her time as a nanny in the 1980s to Sam and Will Frears, the children of single parent Mary Kay Wilmers (deputy editor of London Review of Books and ex-wife of director Stephen Frears)  I finished reading Stibbe's book earlier this week and it's a great read. 

Love, Nina detail the then 20 year old Nina's move from Leicester to the fashionable, literary and media world of London's Gloucester Crescent, where Mary Kay's friends and neighbours included the likes of Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, Michael Frayn and Claire Tomalin. As the '80s was an age before mobile phones, the net and skype, Nina kept in touch with her sister Victoria (known as Vic) at home via a series of letters which shape the book, and I presume, this forthcoming television adaptation.

I really enjoyed the book, which is a warm, nostalgic and very funny trip back to the '80s in which the family Nina is employed by come across, though her letters home, as eccentric, unflappable and without pretension. Their set-up, treating the two children Sam and Will (10 and 9 respectively when Nina starts to live and work there) as adults with a free rein of language including swearing, and with Alan Bennett as a nightly supper guest, is a delight to read and I can't wait to see that translated to the screen - though for television the character Malcolm Tanner played by Jason Watkins will be a thinly disguised Bennett.

And anything that gives Marsay a starring role can only be a good thing.

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