The first look at Alan Bennett’s masterpiece remake, Talking Heads, has been revealed.
The series of monologues, starring Jodie Comer, Imelda Staunton and Martin Freeman, will debut on BBC One with a double bill on Tuesday June 23 – 22 years since the broadcast of the second series and 32 years since the first.
In yet another show, she sees Jodie, who will play the role of Lesley in a remake of Her Big Chance, originally performed by Julie Walters in 1988, posing on a bed.
FIRST LOOK: The first preview of Alan Bennett’s masterpiece remake, Talking Heads, has been revealed (Jodie Comer portrayed as Lesley in the remake of Her Big Chance)
The 27-year-old Killing Eve star amazes in the first image as she wears a typically 80s-inspired outfit.
Jodie puts on a white shirt with spectacular shoulder pads, high-waisted jeans, oversized pearl earrings and a gold necklace.
Actress Liverpudlian’s hair is styled in a tall ponytail tied with a velvet scrunchie and she has 80s style makeup.
Another show still sees Imelda, 64, who will play Irene Ruddock in a remake of A Lady Of Letters, originally performed by Patricia Routledge in 1988, posing in an armchair.
Not long! The series of monologues, featuring artists such as Jodie Comer and Imelda Staunton (illustrated as Irene in A Lady Of Letters), will debut on BBC One with a double bill on Tuesday June 23.
Amazing: Another show still sees Kristin Scott Thomas, who will play in The Hand Of God, originally performed by Eileen Atkins in 1998, pretends to be her character Celia
Spoiler: A different first look sees Martin Freeman, who will play in A Chip In The Sugar, initially interpreted by creator Alan Bennett in 1988, pretending to be his character Graham
Downton Abbey star wears a long blue plaid skirt with a pink shirt and a copper cardigan as she sternly stares at the camera.
Imelda’s locks are topped with a permanent hairstyle while a crochet blanket, floral wallpaper and a tassel lamp can be seen in the background.
Another show still sees Kristin Scott Thomas, who will star in The Hand Of God, originally performed by Eileen Atkins in 1998, posing as her character Celia.
The English Patient star, 60, seems unrecognizable with a permanent hairstyle and an 80s patterned cardigan with a long purple skirt.
Teaser snap: Lucian Msamati depicted as Wilfred in a first glimpse of Playing Sandwiches
Role: Sarah Lancashire represented as Gwen in An Ordinary Woman
Exciting: Monica Dolan portrayed as Lorna in The Shrine
A different first look sees Martin Freeman, who will star in A Chip In The Sugar, originally performed by creator Alan Bennett in 1988, pretending to be his character Graham.
The Sherlock star, 48, wears beige pants with a blue zipped top as he poses in a decorated 80s room.
Other photos show Lucian Msamati in Playing Sandwiches, Sarah Lancashire in An Ordinary Woman, Monica Dolan in The Shrine and Tamsin Greig in Nights In The Garden Of Spain.
The first shots also show Harriet Walter in Soldiering On, Maxine Peake in Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet, Lesley Manville in Bed Among The Lentils and Line Of Duty star Rochenda Sandall in The Outside Dog.
Character: Tamsin Greig depicted as rosemary at nights in the Garden of Spain
Role: Maxine Peake photographed in the show of Miss Fozzard finds her feet
Remake: Harriet Walter represented as Muriel in Soldiering On
The remake will debut on BBC One with a double bill on Tuesday June 23 and the 12 episodes will be able to be broadcast on BBC iPlayer.
In April, it was announced that the BBC was redoing the masterpieces of Alan Bennett’s monologue, Talking Heads, by recruiting Jodie and Imelda.
It has been confirmed that the series will start shooting later that month – 22 years since the second series aired and 32 years since the first.
The iconic monologues starred major actors such as Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Patricia Routledge and the writer himself, Bennett, and were later adapted into a play.
Pictured: Line Of Duty star Rochenda Sandall, portrayed as Marjory in The Outside Dog
First look: Lesley Manville as Susan in bed among the lenses
The BBC remade ten of the critically acclaimed and award-winning monologues, with the addition of two new plays written by Bennett last year.
The BBC’s decision to bring back the series – which debuted in 1988 with a decade-long gap before Talking Heads 2 aired in 1998 – is partly due to the current COVID-19 crisis, with the isolation theme widely featured.
With the UK locked out and production of numerous series stopped, the cast and minimum crew required for Talking Heads encouraged the BBC to start the remakes.
Reboot: BBC remade ten of the critically acclaimed and award-winning monologues, with the addition of two new plays written by Bennett last year
The contained nature of Bennett’s monologues has made it possible to tell timely and relevant stories while following the government’s latest guidelines on safe work practices during the pandemic, the BBC said.
Bennett added: “In such difficult circumstances that the BBC should choose to put together the two Talking Heads series and produce two entirely new ones, that is comfort and a huge compliment.
“I hope a new generation of actors will get and give as much pleasure as it did twenty and thirty years ago.”
The filming took place at BBC Elstree Studios using existing sets and the BBC pointed out that “the production team of Talking Heads follows the latest government guidelines to ensure that the series is made safely and in a way responsible ”.
TALKING HEADS: yesterday and today
His great luck
With Julie Walters  / Jodie Comer 
Nights in the Garden of Spain
With Penelope Wilton  / Tamsin Greig 
A lady of letters
With Patricia Routledge  / Imelda Staunton 
A glow in the sugar
With Alan Bennett  / Martin Freeman 
Miss Fozzard finds her feet
With Patricia Routledge  / Maxine Peake 
Reads among the lenses
With Maggie Smith  / Lesley Manville 
With David Haig  / Lucian Msamati 
With Eileen Atkins  / Kristin Scott Thomas 
With Stephanie Cole  / Harriet Walter 
The outdoor dog
With Julie Walters  / Rochenda Sandall 
Two new monologues. written by Alan Bennett in 2019, titled The Shrine and An Ordinary Woman will feature Monica Dolan and Sarah Lancashire respectively in 2020
The original monologues – which also featured tastes of Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird, Eileen Atkins, David Haig and Penelope Wilton – has won two BAFTAs, an RTS award and has also since been included in the A-level program and GCSE English Literature.
They were also played in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway in the United States in 2002 and 2003 respectively.
Before the Talking Heads 1 series of 1988, Patricia Routledge, who played the role of Miss Schofield, was produced in 1982 under the title A Woman of No Importance.
Star-studded: Filming took place at BBC Elstree Studios using existing sets and the BBC pointed out that “the production team of Talking Heads follows the latest government guidelines to ensure that the series is made safe safety and responsibly “
Routledge – later known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances [1990–1995] – then played in two other monologues from the next series.
Typically, the episodes were set in Yorkshire and focused on themes such as illness, guilt, delusion, death, mental health, repressed homosexuality, alcoholism and adultery.
Talking Heads will debut on BBC One with a double bill on Tuesday June 23.