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The BBC is going to be airing its brand-new version of Talking Heads. The drama consists of a series of monologues which tell various stories. has everything you need to know about the drama which features a stellar cast.

How many episodes are in Talking Heads?

Talking Heads will be starting this evening (Tuesday, June 23) at 9pm.

There will be 12, half-hour episodes in total in Talking Heads.

Two episodes will be airing each week over the course of six weeks.

Viewers can expect the 10 original monologues, along with two new ones which Bennett wrote last year: An Ordinary Woman and The Shrine.

Here is a list of episodes from Talking Heads

  • Jodie Comer in Her Big Chance (1988), directed by Josie Rourke
  • Monica Dolan in The Shrine (2019), directed by Nicholas Hytner
  • Martin Freeman in A Chip In The Sugar (1988), directed by Jeremy Herrin
  • Tamsin Greig in Nights In The Garden of Spain (1998), directed by Marianne Elliott
  • Sarah Lancashire in An Ordinary Woman (2019), directed by Nicholas Hytner
  • Lesley Manville in Bed Among The Lentils (1988), directed by Nicholas Hytner
  • Lucian Msamati in Playing Sandwiches (1998), directed by Jeremy Herrin
  • Maxine Peake in Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (1988), directed by Sarah Frankcom
  • Rochenda Sandall in The Outside Dog (1998), directed by Nadia Fall
  • Kristin Scott Thomas in The Hand Of God (1998), directed by Jonathan Kent
  • Imelda Staunton in A Lady Of Letters (1988), directed by Jonathan Kent
  • Harriet Walter in Soldiering On (1988), directed by Marianne Elliott


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If you happen to miss an episode, they will be available after broadcast on BBC iPlayer.

The first episode of Talking Heads is already on the BBC’s streaming platform for viewers to watch ahead of transmission.

Talking Heads was commissioned during the coronavirus lockdown and was filmed during this period.

Each episode is a monologue, which meant it was easier to shoot than many other dramas which require multiple cast members and crew.

Filming started in April and Talking Heads follows on from the previous series which aired in 1988 and 1998.

Producer and lead director Nicholas Hytner said it had been challenging filming in lockdown including Zoom rehearsals, social distancing rules and on a tight deadline.

However, it was a feat the Talking Heads team were able to pull off and deliver to the BBC on time.

Speaking about the recent plays, he said: “The new monologues are both for women and both quite bleak.

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“An Ordinary Woman is suggested by Racine’s Phèdre, which I did for my school certificate in 1950 and have always felt a bit of a cop-out.

“The Shrine is about one of these makeshift memorials one sees at the roadside where there has been an accident and where people temporarily leave flowers.”

While the episodes were written before the COVID-19 pandemic, they are prescient and have a strong resonance to current events.

Bennett revealed all the cast jumped at the opportunity to take part in the new Talking Heads series.


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He explained: “Some of the cast rang me, though the only one I knew a little is Imelda Staunton. They called me to tell me they were having a good time, which one is always glad to know, and to thank me.

“I felt I should be thanking them and the directors (and whoever had the idea of reviving them in the first place).

“They didn’t have any specific questions. They aren’t written in broad Yorkshire.

“Monica Dolan wanted to know the meaning of ‘wenged’. I’m not sure if this is an actual word or one just made up by my father (he often made up words).

“It means ‘chucked’ as in ‘wenged it in the hedge’. ‘Splother’ is another meaning for ‘fuss’ or ‘to-do’.”

Talking Heads will be airing on BBC One tonight at 9pm tonight

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