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Laurel and Hardy inspire BBC drama

The film will chronicle the latter stages of Laurel and Hardy's careers

The BBC is to make a new film drama about comedy legends Laurel and Hardy.
The biopic will be written by Jeff Pope, who created the TV dramas Mrs Biggs and Appropriate Adult and co-wrote Philomena with Steve Coogan.
Stan and Ollie will chronicle the pair's 1953 tour of Britain, when their careers were on the wane and beset with problems.
Casting details, a filming schedule and a date for the film's transmission have yet to be announced.

Shane Allen, the BBC's controller of comedy commissioning, said the film would be a "love letter to two pioneers and enduring giants of screen comedy".
The 90-minute one-off film, he continued, would "beautifully" capture the comedians' "deep emotional bond... with great insight and heart".

Pope has amassed a series of credits as a screenwriter and producer, including City Lights, Pierrepoint and Dirty Filthy Love.

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