The BBC has commissioned a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank.
The Darlow Smithson Productions mini-series will air in five episodes shown on consecutive nights early next year on BBC One.
"We are delighted to be bringing this fresh adaptation of The Diary Of Anne Frank to screen," said Polly Hill, commissioning editor for the BBC. "Despite the horrors of the time and the ultimate tragedy of this family, Anne was a teenage girl, recognisable the world over, having to cope with the usual problems of growing up – albeit in extraordinary circumstances. We hope this drama will bring Anne alive to viewers of all generations."
Anne Frank began writing her diary in June 1942, on her 13th birthday. A fortnight later she and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland. The diary covered two years of her life.
In the new adaptation, Anne will be played by Ellie Kendrick; Anne's father, Otto, will be placed by Iain Glen (Kingdom of Heaven); her mother, Edith, will be played by Tamsin Greig (Green Wing); and her sister Margot will be played by Felicity Jones (Cape Wrath).
John Smithson, executive producer for Darlow Smithson, said: "The Diary Of Anne Frank is an intimate portrayal of a family living through the most horrifying times but yet managing to maintain a sense of hope.
"We want audiences to identify with all the characters in the story - particularly Anne, who as a bright, funny, energetic teenager, still seems entirely modern today."
The Diary of Anne Frank was commissioned for BBC One by Jane Tranter and will be directed by Jon Jones, who wrote and directed The Alan Clark Diaries for BBC Four.
BBC commissions 'Diary of Anne Frank'
Published Monday, Oct 15 2007, 11:45 BST | By James Welsh