ROMANTICS across the UK are getting excited for The Pursuit Of Love – a new BBC mini-series that starts on Sunday, May 9.
The drama, replacing the 9pm slot vacated by Line Of Duty, stars Downton Abbey’s Lily James as the lead character Linda Radlett – but is it based on a true story?
Is The Pursuit Of Love based on a true story?
The Pursuit Of Love is not based on a true story.
But it is a period drama that aims to be realistic, focusing on the romantic life of upper-class Linda between the First and Second World War.
Discussing her character in an interview with Tatler magazine, James said: “She is a wonderful character: free-spirited, passionate, impulsive, fiery, frustrating, selfish and a brilliant human-being.
“I wish I was as brave and courageous as her, she lives for herself. I relate to her passion and her open heart.
“I think people want to be more like Linda.”
Is The Pursuit Of Love based on a book?
The Pursuit Of Love is based on a 1945 novel of the same name.
It is believed to be a semi-autobiographical book, loosely based on author Nancy Mitford’s life before she married soldier Peter Rodd in 1933.
Mitford wrote two sequels to the acclaimed novel: Love In A Cold Climate (1949) and Don’t Tell Alfred (1960).
The Pursuit Of Love and it’s first sequel were adapted into a series by ITV in 1980.
The show, starring Judi Dench, was called Love In A Cold Climate.
A second adaptation – also called Love In A Cold Climate – was done by the BBC in 2001, starring Hollywood regular Rosamund Pike.
Carrie Bradshaw was seen reading the two novels in Sex And The City 2.
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What is The Pursuit Of Love about?
The Pursuit Of Love is a romantic drama about growing up and falling in love among the upper-class.
The series follows Linda and her friend Fanny Logan – played by Daphne star Emily Beecham – as they hunt for the ideal husband.
Discussing the show in a BBC interview, writer and director Emily Mortimer said: “I’ve always loved Nancy Mitford so when I was asked to adapt The Pursuit Of Love, it was impossible to say no.
“It’s an outrageously funny and honest story, whose central character – the wild, love-addicted Linda Radlett – still reads as a radical.”