When does Black Narcissus start on BBC One, who’s in the cast and what’s the new adaptation about?

When does Black Narcissus start on BBC One, who’s in the cast and what’s the new adaptation about?

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BLACK Narcissus has been in the works over with the Beebs for quite a while now, but we’ve finally gotten word of the official cast!

And while we’re still patiently waiting for a release date to be announced, here’s what we do know so far about the chilling series…

Here’s everything you need to know about the series including when it starts, what it’s about and who’s in the cast.

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The brand new BBC One series is based on the movie from the 1940s
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When does Black Narcissus start on BBC One?

The start date of Black Narcissus hasn’t been revealed yet.

What we do know is that the series will air on BBC One.

Written by Bafta award-winning writer Amanda Coe, the three-part series will be a TV adaptation of the movie.

Rumer Godden’s iconic story about sexual repression and forbidden love promises to lure viewers into a world of mystery.

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Black Narcissus explores the haunting love story of Sister Clodagh and the nuns of St Faiths
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Who’s in the cast?

Gemma Arterton will be leading the cast for the three-part drama series as she takes on the character of Sister Clodagh.

Once settling into the House of Women, Gemma’s character will find herself attracted to the land agent, who is played by Chimerica’s Alessandro Nivola.

Before succumbing to her passions, she revisits repressed memories entangled with the tragic history of Princess Srimati.

As per the Beebs, Aisling Franciosi stars as Sister Ruth, Diana Rigg as Mother Dorothea, Jim Broadbent as Father Roberts and Gina McKee as Sister Adela.

Further on, Rosie Cavaliero takes on the role as Sister Briony, Patsy Ferran as Sister Blanche, Karen Bryson as Sister Philippa and Dipika Kunwar as Kanchi who makes her TV debut.


What’s the new adaptation about?

The new adaptation will follow Sister Clodagh and the nuns of St Faiths who travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote location of Mopu.

The series will be set in the 1930s, when the Western colonial order is about to crumble into the crisis of World War Two.

The lead character Sister Clodagh finds herself increasingly attracted to Mr. Dean, a handsome land agent.

She begins having nightmares of a certain princess, however.

Princess Srimati was a Nepalese woman driven to insanity and suicide in the palace following her upsetting love story.

The alluring storyline leaves the audience questioning whether the nuns are surrendering to their long-repressed primal desires or if there are actual ghosts in the Himalayas.

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