Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë, together one of the most fascinating and mysterious literary trios in history, are coming to television.
Sally Wainwright, award-winning writer of Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax, will write and direct To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters. Wainwright said to BBC: “I’m thrilled beyond measure that I’ve been asked by the BBC to bring to life these three fascinating, talented, ingenious Yorkshire women.”
“The Brontë sisters have always been enigmatic,” says Charlotte Moore, BBC One controller, “but Sally Wainwright’s brilliantly authentic new BBC One drama brings the women behind some of our greatest literary masterpieces to life. It’s an extraordinary tale of family tragedy and their passion and determination, against the odds, to have their genius recognized in a male 19th-century world.”
According to the BBC, the drama will chronicle the genius sisters’ deteriorating relationship with their brother Branwell, who descended into alcoholism and drug addiction during the last years of his life. Despite this difficult and tragic environment, the women flourished, producing such endearing classics as Wuthering Heights (Emily), Jane Eyre (Charlotte), and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne). The series will also focus on the siblings’ relationship with their father, “a clever and unusual man,” who encouraged all of his children toward a passion for literature, regardless of gender.