Coming Soon… Poppy Shakespeare, Channel 4

Now this looks good. And potentially really rather great, although it’s difficult to tell exactly how good/great something will be without actually seeing it. I know this is something that you’re all aware of, and that I’m talking toss again. But, y’know, it’s Friday, I’ve just watched a clip from Vanity Lair, so I think I’m allowed to talk nonsense for a minute. So Poppy Shakespeare… starring the monumentally brilliant Anna Maxwell Martin from Bleak House (I think I’m a teeny bit in love with her, to be honest) it’s based on the prize-shortlisted novel by Clare Allen.

It’s based in a day hospital in north London called the Dorothy Fish. N (AMM) has been a patient there for 13 years, and her chief ambition is to never get discharged. She spends her days smoking fags in the common room, swaps medication and acts unstable enough for them to keep her in there. Things change when Poppy Shakespeare walks in.

Poppy Shakespeare. In her heels and super-short skirt. Poppy Shakespeare who is convinced she’s not mad and is desperate to return to the world outside. N can’t figure her or this attitude out, but agrees to help her regain freedom.

If anyone’s read the book, give us a shout and let us know whether you think this is a golden gasser or not. From this end, it looks like a cross between One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest crossed with Sugar Rush and Morvern Caller. With Anna Maxwell Martin in it.

Sounds like a good book… let’s hope it’ll be a super-good TV adaptation (it’s a one-off job). We’re off to the press launch of this, so we’ll report when we can.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *