Brought up in New Zealand, Mansfield left for London when she was 15 angry at her homeland for its repression of the Māori people.
Settled in England, the writer recorded romantic relationships with both men and women in her journals and married John Middleton Murry (Jeremy Brett) when she was 23, though their marriage was not without troubles…
Mansfield’s life was tragically cut short when she died of tuberculosis aged just 34. This is her story. Each hour-long episode in this magnetic series features a dramatisation of a moment in Mansfied’s fascinating life, and an adaptation of one of her short stories.
The legendary Oscar winning actress Vanessa Redgrave stars as Mansfield, whilst Sherlock Holmes star Jeremy Brett plays her husband John Middleton-Murray.
BAFTA winner Annette Crosbie also features as long-time friend LM, alongside Lyndon Hughes, Phyllida Law (The Time Machine, The Winter Guest) and Bruce Purchase (Richard III).