Feud: Bette and Joan is the latest offering from the people who brought you American Horror Story. Depicting the legendary struggle between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the drama has already aired to critical acclaim in the States and is now due to come to BBC Two.
Here’s what you need to know about the epic drama.
When does Feud: Bette and Joan start on BBC Two?
The first two episodes of Feud: Bette and Joan will air at 9pm on Saturday December 16 on BBC Two.
It already aired in the US and has been nominated for a whopping 10 Emmy Awards and a further 8 Creative Arts Emmys.
Sue Deeks, head of programme acquisition at the BBC, said: “BBC Two viewers will relish this critically acclaimed portrayal of old Hollywood and a famously combustible yet poignant relationship – it is a zesty cocktail of glamour, wit and grit.”
How many episodes are there?
Feud: Bette and Joan is an eight-part series.
What is Feud: Bette and Joan about?
*Warning: Spoilers below
When Feud opens, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are two stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood who have become legends. Feud: Bette and Joan tells the story of the feud which came to a head during the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? That 1962 film saw Davis and Crawford play sisters and rivals Jane and Blanche respectively.
Feud: Bette and Joan features events from not only the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? but also its aftermath. Intercut with the narrative are extracts from a fictional 1978 documentary about Crawford – featuring ‘interviews’ with stars and those behind the scenes in Hollywood.
Who is in the cast?
Jessica Lange plays Joan Crawford. The Oscar-winning actress has been a staple of stage and screen since the 1970s. In recent years she has been a regular on that other series created by Feud creator Ryan Murphy, American Horror Story, taking various memorable roles across the first four seasons of the hit horror anthology.
On the other side of the Feud is Bette Davis, played by Susan Sarandon. Like Lange she is an Oscar winner – for Dead Man Walking. She’s also been seen in numerous films and TV shows. And who can forget her cameo appearance as a love interest for Joey in Friends?
Other key characters are played by Jackie Hoffman, Judy Davis, Stanley Tucci and Alfred Molina. As Feud: Bette and Joan chronicles real-life events, many real former Hollywood stars are depicted. Catherine Zeta-Jones appears as Olivia de Havilland and Kathy Bates features as Joan Blondell.
Who are the team behind Feud: Bette and Joan?
Feud: Bette and Joan is the latest offering from a team that has created some of the most successful TV shows of recent years. The show was created by Ryan Murphy and his production team. Murphy has also created Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens. He is also one of the producers of American Crime Story – the first series of which, detailing the OJ Simpson trial, was recently shown on BBC Two.
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Why is Olivia de Havilland suing the makers of Feud: Bette and Joan?
Feud: Bette and Joan is a fictionalised retelling of real-life events. Nonetheless, almost all of the people depicted are now dead. Almost. Olivia de Havilland, the legendary Oscar-winning actress from such iconic movies as Gone With the Wind, is 101 years old and lives in Paris, France.
In Feud, de Havilland is portrayed by Catherine Zeta-Jones. But just a day before her 101st birthday, the real de Havilland filed a lawsuit against the makers of Feud.
“The FX series puts words in the mouth of Miss de Havilland which are inaccurate and contrary to the reputation she has built over an 80-year professional life, specifically refusing to engage in gossip mongering about other actors in order to generate media attention for herself,” de Havilland’s lawyers told the LA Times.
Feud: Bette and Joan begins at 9pm on Saturday December 16 on BBC Two.
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