Stuart: A Life Backwards
Now, to preface this, I have literally just starting reading the book on which this TV show is based so I am no expert on what will or won’t happen. From the first fifty pages though, I can tell you that it promises to be quite an experience.
The book is the biography of Stuart Shorter, an “ex-homeless, ex-junkie psychopath” who spurred an interest from Alexander Masters, a former-homeless charity worker. It won the Guardian First Book Award in 2005 and now the BBC has taken in upon themselves to give it the world in telly form. The first fifty pages, as I say point towards a harrowing, funny, moving tale to come and my partner in all things crime on this site loves it so much she may well have beaten me with reeds had I not begun reading it before the show.
It’s going to star Tom Hardy, a crush object for the Beth, and does indeed look pretty marvellous. I’ve not seen clips, I’ve read good things, yet I feel qualified to make all and sundry watch the programme on Sunday night on BBC 2. Plus, the guy playing masters is called Benedict Cumberbatch. You need to see it.
Plus, you can read a blog from Alexander Masters discussing the writing process for the adaption on the Guardian here.
Stuart: A Life Backwards on BBC 2, Sunday 23rd September @ 9pm