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TV Preview + Q&A: The Scapegoat

Year: 2012
Directed by: Charles Sturridge
Featuring: Matthew Rhys / Eileen Atkins / Sheridan Smith / Andrew Scott
Distributed by: ITV-Island Pictures
Running time: 107min

Two physically identical men swap identities in a new Daphne du Maurier adaptation. Read more

Synopsis

Set in 1952, this brand-new Daphne Du Maurier adaptation tells of two very different men, John Standing and Johnny Spence,  who have one thing in common – a face. Almost exact replicas of each other, they meet by chance, each at a crossroads in their life. Stepping literally into his double’s shoes, John is suddenly responsible for a crumbling stately home and has to deal with a distraught wife, an eccentric daughter and two mistresses. Increasingly attracted to this dysfunctional group of women, his presence starts to alter the chemistry of the household. Then his nemesis Johnny returns in secret to the house, with evil intent. Filled with Du Maurier’s trademark elements of suspense and unexpected twists, The Scapegoat is a brilliant story in the tradition of the writer of Don’t Look Now, Jamaica Inn, Rebecca and The Birds (see pp19-20).

We regret that due to circumstances beyond our control Dame Eileen Atkins will be unable to attend this preview. We are pleased to announce that cast members Alice Orr-Ewing and Andrew Scott and producer Sarah Beardsall will be joining director Charles Sturridge on the panel.

In association with BAFTA




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