Most of us who know our way around a multiplex of course have at least a passing familiarity with accomplished actress Helena Bonham Carter (Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Dark Shadows, Fight Club). How could we not – she’s one of the best of her generation and she adds immeasurably to just about any film she’s ever been associated with. However, a lot less of us – especially here in the United States – know the name of Noele Gordon, a legendary U.K. television star from the 1960s and 1970s who is perhaps best recalled for her turn in a Brit soap opera called Crossroads. She seemingly lived a charmed life until she was unceremoniously fired from her eighteen year tenure on Crossroads with no notice at all, lending more than a little truth to the old bromide that the entertainment industry stinks, especially if you’re a woman of a certain age. That ignorance of Gordon (certainly on my part, I regret to say) is about to change according to our colleagues across the street at The Hollywood Reporter, with aforementioned Bonham Carter tackling the role of this long-neglected actress.
Director Russell T. Davies, who is perhaps best known for his ample writing talents on such projects as Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, will be directing Helena Bonham Carter in a three part miniseries (which he also wrote) entitled Nolly which will do a deep-dive on the later years of Noele Gordon.
In a press release announcing her casting as Gordon, Bonham Carter said that “Noele Gordon was a fascinating, complex, brilliant and gutsy woman – none of which I knew before I read Russell T. Davies’ script. I’m so thrilled to help tell Nolly’s long overdue and largely forgotten story. Russell’s screenplay is a work of brilliance and I hope I’ll do him and Nolly justice. I can’t wait to start.”
For Davies, Nolly is more than just a paid gig undertaken before a new Doctor Who adventure; this one is extremely close to the accomplished writer and director: “One of my very first jobs in TV was a trial script for Crossroads, and I’ve wanted to write the story of behind the scenes on that show for forty years,” Davies explained in a statement. “At last, the truth can be told!”
Like me, you might not know the name of Noele Gordon at the moment, but let’s celebrate that all of that is about to very much change thanks to the devices of Russell T. Davies and Helena Bonham Carter.
Nolly is set to go into production sometime in 2022 and will be distributed by ITV Studios.