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The Thirteenth Tale

Psychological drama adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton from Diane Setterfield's bestselling novel. Biographer Margaret Lea is summoned to the Yorkshire home of dying novelist Vida Winter who has handpicked Margaret to write her biography. Though initially hesitant, as Vida has a reputation for distorting facts in interviews, Margaret becomes fascinated by her previously untold story. As the novelist recounts her dark and disturbing childhood, Margaret is compelled to finally face the trauma of her own past. But as time runs out, Margaret, desperate to hear the end of Vida's story, begins to wonder if she is hearing the confessions of a murderer.

  • Originally Aired December 30, 2013
  • Runtime 90 minutes
  • Production Code b03n30p9
  • Network BBC Two
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Name Type Role
Christopher Hampton Writer
Diane Setterfield Writer
Vanessa Redgrave Guest Star
Olivia Colman Guest Star
James Kent Director