BBC announces all-female cast and writers for new show marking 100 years of female suffrage

BBC announces all-female cast and writers for new show marking 100 years of female suffrage

The show will include eight 15-minute monologues inspired by women who have spoken out and challenged the status quo or made a stand, often at a great personal cost

We are going to see a handful of familiar faces as BBC will bring together an all-women cast for its new show Snatches: Moments From 100 Years Of Women's Lives.

Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer and The Good Doctor star Antonia Thomas will be taking the leading roles. Romola Garai, Shirley Henderson, Siobhan Finneran, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Liv Hill are among those taking other prominent roles in a new series of monologues written by and starring only women.

Antonia Thomas in The Good Doctor (Twitter)
Antonia Thomas in The Good Doctor (Twitter)

Bafta-winning playwright Abi Morgan, who wrote the film Suffragette, Anita and Me’s Tanika Gupta and Spooks writer Zinnie Harris are among those who have written the short films. They are all coming together for the series produced by BBC Studios Pacific Quay Productions. 

The monologues will be curated by Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone in association with the Royal Court Theatre and will be aired this summer as a central part of BBC's Hear Her season.

Bafta-winning playwright Abi Morgan (Getty Images)
Bafta-winning playwright Abi Morgan (Getty Images)

The show will include eight 15-minute monologues inspired by women who have spoken out and challenged the status quo or made a stand, often at a great personal cost.

Linda, Jodie Comer's film, is written by Fleabag co-creator Vicky Jones and sees her voice the monologue of a secretary in the 1960s who starts to explore her sexuality. Antonia Thomas' monologue, called Tipping Point, will follow a woman in 2028 on the 100th anniversary of women in the UK getting the right to vote.

"The Royal Court is delighted to be teaming up with BBC Four to bring eight untold stories about ordinary women who do the extraordinary to our screens," said Featherstone.

"The wonderful range of writers, actors and filmmakers involved represent only the tip of the iceberg of talent, provocation and idea. We have come quite a long way in 100 years, but these pieces explode with the proof that we still have a lot further to go," Featherstone added.

"Like the suffragettes that inspired them, the eight monologues for BBC Four promise to be angry, dangerous and unlike anything seen before," said the BBC Four channel editor, Cassian Harrison.

"I'm incredibly proud to welcome Vicky Featherstone and her incredibly talented team of all-female collaborators to BBC Four on this most important of anniversaries," he added.

Vicky Featherstone, artistic director at the Royal Court 
Vicky Featherstone, artistic director at the Royal Court