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28/02/2008

BBC Relives Story Of Medical Heroine

BBC One will screen 'Florence Nightingale' this Easter in a full costume drama that tells the untold story of one of Britain's greatest heroines, based on her own words.
Starring Laura Fraser, this film brings to life the story of Florence Nightingale's spiritual and emotional breakdown after the Crimean War: a moment of crisis, doubt and failure that ultimately inspired her revolutionary career in medicine.
It also introduces the actor comedian Roy Hudd as the leader of a raucous Music Hall troupe, who dip in and out of the action with songs in the style of the times.
Florence Nightingale has been written and directed by the multi-award-winning director, Norman Stone (Shadowlands, Man Dancin', Tales From The Madhouse and CS Lewis: Beyond Narnia). It contains extracts from Florence's own letters and correspondence.
The cast includes Michael Pennington, Barbara Marten, Andrew Harrison, Ian Bartholomew and Catherine Tyldesley.
Florence Nightingale was produced by 1A in association with Lightworks, CTVC and 8th Day Productions, and is a Faith & Values/BBC Manchester co-production.
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