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BBC co-production tells story of Brontë sisters

4 January 2017

The Open University has co-produced a new BBC drama telling the story of the Brontë sisters.

'​To Walk Invisible' tells a new version of the lives of the authors of Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, among other classics.

Telling the story of the sisters’ great novels and their battle for recognition, 'To Walk Invisible' is written and directed by multi BAFTA winner Sally Wainwright, and filmed in and around Yorkshire.

The phrase 'To Walk Invisible' is a quote from a letter written by Charlotte Brontë. It refers to a meeting she had with a clergyman who failed to recognise Charlotte as an author due to her pseudonym Currer Bell. Charlotte wrote to her publisher: “What author would be without the advantage of being able to walk invisible? One is thereby enabled to keep such a quiet mind.”

Open University academic Dr Sara Haslam consulted on the series. She comments: "Jane Eyre is one of the most popular novels ever written, and Wuthering Heights is not far behind... What always impressed me about these three women was their tenacity, and the sense that they could do nothing but honour their intense imaginative and creative gifts; they were each touched with the bright fire of genius."

The Open University’s free online learning platform, OpenLearn,features exclusive interviews with the drama’s cast and crew, as well as its writer, director and executive producer Sally Wainwright.

An earlier version of this story was published at OU News.

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