Tom Hollander to play Dylan Thomas in BBC drama

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Rev star Tom Hollander has been cast as Dylan Thomas in a BBC drama that will commemorate the centenary of the poet’s birth.

A Poet in New York has been written by Andrew Davies, who penned Little Dorrit and South Riding, and will be directed by Aisling Walsh.

The drama will focus on Thomas’s fateful visit to New York in 1953, aged 39. It will also star Essie Davis, Ewen Bremner and Phoebe Fox.

Hollander said he was “thrilled to be playing Dylan Thomas”, describing the writer as a man who left a “considerable poetic legacy and an enduring reputation for bad behaviour”.

The drama, for BBC2 and BBC1 in Wales, was commissioned by BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow, controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson and Adrian Davies, head of programmes, Wales.

The drama is being produced by Modern Television and executive produced by Griff Rhys Jones, who said: “Andrew Davies has written a heartbreaking script that captures those last few days of Dylan’s life beautifully.”

It will be broadcast next year.