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The Bronte sisters stand on the top of a hill, from BBC series To Walk Invisible

To Walk Invisible

This drama, written by Sally Wainwright, tells the story of the Brontë sisters' rise to literary fame and publication.

About the programme

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë face a bleak future, with their father half-blind and troubled brother Branwell in decline. As their situation worsens, Charlotte sees that writing could offer a way out. This is the dramatisation of the sisters' lives as they published their first novels and their extraordinary battle for recognition. To Walk Invisible was written and directed by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) and stars Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy, Chloe Pirrie, Adam Nagaitis and Jonathan Pryce.

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Watch our exclusive interviews

Go behind the scenes, with exclusive interviews with Writer and Director Sally Wainwright, the crew and the cast of the film. 

02:12

Interview with Sally Wainwright

The writer, director and executive producer of To Walk Invisible, Sally Wainwright, talks about how she portrayed the tale of the Brontë sisters to a modern audience and the effect they have had on her as a writer. 

06:15

Interview with the cast

Some cast members Finn Atkins (Charlotte), Chloe Pirrie (Emily), Charlie Murphy (Anne) and Adam Nagaitis (Branwell) discuss the drama To Walk Invisible and the Brontës.

05:14

Interview with the crew

Crew members including Faith Penhale (the Executive Producer) discuss their part in To Walk Invisible, how the idea came about and their reading of the Brontës' work. 

Meet the OU expert

Professor Sara Haslam, The Open University
Professor Sara HaslamProfessor of Twentieth-Century Literature - Faculty of Arts & Social Science VIEW FULL PROFILE
Professor Sara Haslam, The Open University
Professor Sara HaslamProfessor of Twentieth-Century Literature - Faculty of Arts & Social Science

My research career has been focused on studies of C19th and C20th literature. I now work primarily on the life and writing of novelist Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) and on the literature of the First World War. 

As a teacher and as a researcher I am passionate about what I do because I believe in literature as a force for good, as an agent of change, as well as an education, a distraction, and a delight. In my current research on what I have termed 'literary caregiving', I'm finding out more about the women who organised internationally to provide books to sick and traumatized soldiers during the First World War.

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