Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton reunite for Victoria Wood musical drama

Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Tristram Kenton.
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Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball are to star in a musical TV drama based on Victoria Wood’s stage play That Day We Sang.

The 90-minute BBC2 drama is called Tubby and Enid and will be directed by Wood, who has also adapted her own play.

Wood said: “Tubby and Enid brings together everything I love – singing, dancing, comedy, love and chips. A musical set in 1929 and 1969 complete with tap dancing children, singing coal men and possibly a tram was always going to be a big undertaking, and I’m very appreciative of the way everyone at the BBC has been so encouraging and supportive.”

She added that Staunton and Ball – who appeared together in the 2012 West End production of Sweeney Todd – were here “dream team”.

Producer Paul Frift described musicals on television as “rare” and said making a show with Wood, Staunton and Ball was “pure heaven”.

Tubby and Enid, made by Endor Productions, will begin filming next year.

The stage version of Enid and Tubby – That Day We Sang – is currently running at the Royal Exchange in Manchester.