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Drama about a Boy bound for stardom

PUBLISHED: 11:58 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:34 25 August 2010

OH BOY: Singer Boy George.

OH BOY: Singer Boy George.

A BBC drama will chart the moment a loving son left the suburbs to become one of the New Romantic stars. Worried About the Boy will star newcomer Douglas Booth as Boy George, as he leaves his home town of Eltham to work as a cloakroom attendant in centr

A BBC drama will chart the moment a loving son left the suburbs to become one of the New Romantic stars.

Worried About the Boy will star newcomer Douglas Booth as Boy George, as he leaves his home town of Eltham to work as a cloakroom attendant in central London, before meeting his future bandmates.

Gavin and Stacey star Mathew Horne will play Culture Club drummer Jon Moss, with whom George had a relationship and which the couple kept a secret for years.

George became a fixture at the capital's Blitz Club, which was the place to be for all those at the front of the New Romantic movement.

Mark Gatiss plays music impresario Malcolm McLaren, while Hustle actor Marc Warren is nightclub pioneer and Visage frontman Steve Strange.

Controller for commissioning BBC drama Ben Stephenson said: "Worried About the Boy will be an evocative and visually enticing drama about one of our most iconic British pop stars."

Filming begins this month in Manchester.

The 90-minute film, scripted by Hotel Babylon writer Tony Basgallop, is part of a forthcoming BBC2 spring trilogy chronicling the 1980s.

Bafta award-winning writer Abi Morgan re-creates the wedding which at the time seemed like a fairytale - the union of Lady Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales.

And a two-part adaptation of Martin Amis's Money stars Shaun Of The Dead actor Nick Frost as anti-hero John Self.

The 80s season replaces the BBC's planned Decades series of dramas, which has been dropped because of creative problems and cost.


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