Many fans of The Rolling Stones were delighted when it was revealed the producers of The Crown were making a similarly styled TV drama about the band’s rise to global fame. But could there be trouble ahead?
Its scriptwriter Nick Hornby, author of novels Fever Pitch and High Fidelity, confesses he’s already preparing for a backlash from the audience over inaccuracies similar to that faced by the Netflix royal drama.
‘I’m writing a 16-part drama series about The Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1974,’ he confirms.
Many fans of The Rolling Stones were delighted when it was revealed the producers of The Crown were making a similarly styled TV drama about the band’s rise to global fame. But could there be trouble ahead? Pictured: Rolling Stones performs live on stage in 2016
‘I think both with The Crown and with this, you have to have dramatic scenes involving dialogue which you can only guess at. That’s all [The Crown creator] Peter Morgan could do.
‘You think, well, this was happening then, and to these people, and now I’m going to put them in a room and have them talk about it.
‘So there are parameters to what you’re imagining — it’s rooted in the reality of the situation — and with The Stones it’s the same thing.’ Hornby, however, has one crucial advantage: guidance from the band members themselves, including Sir Mick Jagger, 77.
Scriptwriter Nick Hornby, author of novels Fever Pitch and High Fidelity, confesses he’s already preparing for a backlash from the audience over inaccuracies similar to that faced by the Netflix royal drama
Speaking about the project for the first time this week, Hornby adds: ‘I’ve loved the research. I talk to the lead singer of the band quite regularly and that’s been completely fascinating.
‘Usually with these projects, if they don’t go anywhere, you’re left with no memories at all apart from a meeting in a windowless room somewhere in London or California. But this one has been a lot of things that I won’t forget.’
Sir Mick’s cooperation is unusual. He has previously been so reluctant to revisit his past that he once returned a £1 million advance to the publisher Lord Weidenfeld for his memoir because his drafts were deemed ‘insufficiently scandalous’.
As well as talking to Hornby, he and his band mates have given permission for the series — produced by Left Bank Pictures and commissioned by FX, the Disney-owned TV channel — to feature tracks from their albums Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street.
Stephen Fry, a self-confessed shoplifter in his teens, recalls getting into a scrape in later life on a visit to Fortnum & Mason.
‘In the fruit department they had these tiny pink apples called strawberry apples,’ he recalls. ‘One of the girls said to me: “Have a taste.” So I tasted one, and said: “They’re fantastic, I’ll take them all.”
‘She looked a bit doubtful but she put them in a brown paper bag and I wondered off to do some more shopping. ‘Then she beckoned to me and said: “I knew I shouldn’t have sold you all those!
‘ “We’ve just had the Duchess of Devonshire asking for some and I had to say we were sold out.”
‘I thought, that is just fabulous. I’d snaffled these from under the nose of a Mitford, of “Debo” Devonshire herself.’
Will Caroline let Sergio play away?
Prince Andrew’s old friend Caroline Stanbury has hinted that she and her toyboy fiance, former Real Madrid player Sergio Carrallo, are prepared to ‘renegotiate’ the rules of monogamy to keep their union intact.
The Ladies of London star, 45, is planning to get married in November, but neither is oblivious to their 19-year age gap. ‘How will Sergio feel when I really begin to age? This isn’t a subject we haven’t talked about,’ says the mother of three.
‘You renegotiate. I know people who have open marriages; I know people who have mistresses. If I’m 80 and I simply can’t move, then OK, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. We’ve communicated long and hard about it because it’s not fair to him.’
Prince Andrew’s old friend Caroline Stanbury has hinted that she and her toyboy fiance, former Real Madrid player Sergio Carrallo, are prepared to ‘renegotiate’ the rules of monogamy to keep their union intact
Ditch those inheritance inequalities, says Baronet
Baronet Sir Edward Nall of Hoveringham and his wife are backing the campaign for a law so that women can inherit family titles as well as men.
Their only child, 16-year-old Georgina, is not able to take her father’s baronetcy when he dies, leaving it to pass to her uncle.
‘Georgie wants to inherit and is taught all about gender equality at school and thinks it’s weird she is not allowed,’ her mother, Lady Nall, tells me. ‘Reform of this outdated law is shockingly overdue.
‘Gender inequality is illegal. However, male primogeniture still exists for the peerage and baronetage. It is disgraceful. Even in the Royal Family a child, regardless of gender, can accede to the throne.’
Sir Edward and Lady Nall, a former nurse, live in a ten-bedroom home with 110 acres of land near Nottingham. But, she argues, they are not posh.
‘We don’t even have central heating or double glazing,’ she says of their home, Hoveringham Hall, which has been in her husband’s family since 1858.
Music is the food of design inspiration for Kelly Hoppen. The society designer says: ‘I was in a rock band for a very brief time while in my teens, just after my father died. I was travelling around Africa singing. Music is how I design. I see shapes when I listen to music. It’s always on when I am designing or cooking — jazz, soul, R&B.’
Beauty code leaves Nigora high and dry
The wife of former Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne has suffered for her beauty
The wife of former Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne has suffered for her beauty.
Nigora, 41, who met the businessman while working as a Harley Street receptionist, reveals years of wearing lash extensions and coloured contact lenses has caused her eyes long- term damage.
‘About a year ago I found myself waking up with incredibly dry eyes. Because of how I mistreated them, I developed a horrific allergic reaction, infection and inflammation of my eyelids,’ she explains.
‘I was told I will have to live with the dry eyes for the rest of my life. I wish I had appreciated my natural beauty.’
The Duchess of Cambridge has been given free style advice from comedian Katherine Ryan, who hosts All That Glitters, the BBC series aiming to find Britain’s next top jeweller.
‘I love pearls. I’d love to see people like Kate Middleton bring those out into modern fashion,’ she says on the new podcast, If Jewels Could Talk with Carol Woolton. ‘We’re seeing pearls a lot more. Even on the High Street: variations of pearl imitations.’
Max’s magic circle unites
Socialite John Rendall’s magician son Maximillian is playing his cards right. Next week he will participate in one of the first society weddings of the season when he ties the knot with businesswoman Talulla Barrow at the Hurlingham Club in London.
Max had planned to levitate his bride, make her vanish and then reappear, but has had to scale back on the guests (only 30 allowed) and the magic owing to Covid restrictions.
Socialite John Rendall’s magician son Maximillian (pictured) is playing his cards right. Next week he will participate in one of the first society weddings of the season when he ties the knot with businesswoman Talulla Barrow at the Hurlingham Club in London
‘Only our nearest and dearest can attend, with other guests watching over Zoom,’ Max explains. ‘But at least it means we will be able to chat to everyone properly.’
Virtual guests include Max’s cousin, Made In Chelsea actress Olivia Bentley, and Pattie Boyd, the former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, who took the engagement photos.