Glenda Jackson will star in BBC One's TV adaptation of best-selling novel Elizabeth Is Missing.
The two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson (Women In Love, Elizabeth R) will star in the lead role of Maud in the one-off feature length drama, marking her return to the screen after over 25 years.
Adapted from Emma Healey’s hugely successful novel by Andrea Gibb (Swallows And Amazons), Elizabeth Is Missing will be directed by Bafta award-winning Aisling Walsh (Room At The Top) and produced by STV Productions.
The cast will also feature Helen Behan (The Virtues, This Is England) as Helen, Sophie Rundle (Gentleman Jack, Peaky Blinders) as Sukey and Maggie Steed (EastEnders, Paddington 2) as Elizabeth.
Liv Hill will play Young Maud (Three Girls, Jellyfish) with Nell Williams as Katy (Game Of Thrones, The Audience), Mark Stanley as Frank (Broken, Game Of Thrones), Sam Hazeldine as Tom (The Innocents, Peaky Blinders), Neil Pendleton as Douglas (Slaughterhouse Rulez, In Plain Sight) and Stuart McQuarrie as Peter (Outlander, The Hollow Crown).
Further cast include Linda Hargreaves, Michelle Duncan, John Paul Hurley, Brian Ferguson, Cara Kelly, Julie Hannan, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Nabs Aziz and Tom Urie.
A synopsis reads: "Elizabeth Is Missing combines a gripping mystery with a tender yet unflinching exploration of one woman’s struggle with dementia. When her best friend Elizabeth goes missing, Maud is convinced that something terrible has happened, and sets out to solve the mystery.
"But with her dementia worsening, unfinished business unearthed and the past and present starting to merge, Maud's search takes on a poignant urgency. Will Maud be able to discover the truth before she loses herself completely?"
Glenda Jackson said: “Emma’s novel and Andrea’s screenplay paint the most striking portrait of a woman in the grip of a devastating condition. I am delighted to be making my return to television to play Maud, a character it’s impossible not to be charmed and moved by.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “We are thrilled that Glenda Jackson is returning to the BBC and will be at the heart of this inspiring and extraordinary tale. Andrea Gibb’s brilliantly crafted script and adaptation of Elizabeth Is Missing explores important themes told through emotion, warmth and humour.”
Sarah Brown, Executive Producer at STV Productions, commented: “We are honoured that one of our country's finest actors has chosen Elizabeth Is Missing for her long awaited return to television.
"In Maud, novelist Emma Healey has created a truly memorable character who has captivated millions of readers. We couldn’t be more excited that Maud is now being brought to life on screen by the legendary Glenda Jackson.”
Elizabeth Is Missing has started filming and will air as a single 90-minute drama.
An air date and further casting news will be confirmed in due course.