In a move that’s sent shock waves running through the acting community, the BBC has announced that its next period drama, yet another remake of Martin Chuzzlewit, will not have Dame Judi Dench cast in any role whatsoever.
Jim Allen, a spokesman for Equity commented, ‘If you ask me it’s madness. Dame Judi is box office, she’s guaranteed bums on seats love, ticket sales darling… or whatever else you want to call it. Not to cast her in this production is nothing short of criminal. How can we expect to see this show bought up by other broadcasters all around the world without her playing a part? It’s completely unthinkable.’
Judi Dench made a short personal statement to cameras outside her home, which was immediately sold around the world as the first part of major new drama-series.