BBC One Commissions Laurel and Hardy Biopic

“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!”

laurel and hardyIt’s been announced that BBC One has teamed up with Harvey Weinstein for a Laurel and Hardy biopic.

Described as “an epic story about the world’s most famous comedy double-act,” Stan and Ollie is a BBC In-House Comedy/BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point co-production for BBC One. It will be exec-produced by Saurabh Kakkar for the BBC, Simon Vaughan for Lookout Point and Harvey Weinstein for The Weinstein Company.

Stan and Ollie will be written by the multi-award-winning Jeff Pope (Philomena, Mrs Biggs, Essex Boys).

Set in 1953, the 90-minute film focuses on Laurel and Hardy’s final, ill-fated, British tour. Intended to galvanize the comedy duo’s flagging career the tour started well but ended in tragedy when Hardy suffered a serious heart attack.

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, said, “Stan and Ollie is Jeff’s love letter to two pioneers and enduring giants of screen comedy. It beautifully captures the deep emotional bond forged over a lifelong partnership as they reflect on their roller-coaster careers through the prism of this final UK farewell tour.”

Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan said: “This is the perfect BBC/Weinstein collaboration — a British drama with Hollywood DNA. Harvey’s talent relationships will help us bring this to the screen with huge ambition.”

No casting details have yet been revealed. Who do you think should play the iconic duo? How about Steve Coogan or John Culshaw for Stan Laurel? Jeff Garlin or Nathan Lane for Oliver Hardy?

Add your choices in Comments and let’s compile The TVClaw Stan and Ollie Casting Wishlist.



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