A new ITV drama will recreate of one of the most magical moments in Olympic ice skating.
Will Tudor, 31, and Poppy Lee Friar, 23, playing Torvill and Dean, perform the skating legend’s heart-stopping Bolero routine.
Some 24 million British viewers watched the iconic 1984 ice dance which won Christopher and Jayne Olympic gold at the Sarajevo Games.
A two-hour ITV biopic, Torvill & Dean, also starring Anita Dobson, Stephen Tompkinson and Jamie Winstone, airs on Christmas Day.
It explores the 40-odd year relationship between Christoper, 60, and Jayne, 61, who many fans still wrongly assume are a romantic couple, despite them both having other partners.
Poppy Lee Friar as Jayne Torvill and Will Tudor as Christopher Dean
It’s hard to tell whether you’re looking at the TV drama, or images from the original routines
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The pair admit they were so focused on their careers they put romance to one side, despite once sharing a kiss.
Jayne told Radio Times: “People say that we act like an old married couple, so I’m sure we could have ended up together.
“But during that period when you start dating, we were absorbed in our skating.”
The pair are pictured on the cover of the latest Radio Times
(Image: Radio Times)
Christopher added: “There is still a romance, though. I love Jayne. But in a passionate friend way.”
Penned by Made In Dagenham writer William Ivory, the film also stars Anita Dobson and Stephen Tompkinson.
Torvill, 60, and Dean, 59, said they are “honoured” by the film.
They said they are happy to share their “passion for skating, the lifelong friendship that came through our sport, and everything that it took to achieve our eventual goal of becoming Olympic champions.”
Dean will be played by Game Of Thrones actor Will Tudor and Ackley Bridge star Poppy Lee Friar will play Torvill
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ITV say the film will “explore how Chris and Jayne clashed” as they developed their legendary, medal-winning routines.
Writer William said: “Chris and Jayne are fascinating. Athletes with all the grit and determination that entails, but real artists, too, engaging in deeply felt creative and emotional battles.”
Executive producer Emily Dalton said: “They are iconic but also enigmatic. We’ve all speculated about their relationship off the ice. Viewers will be moved and surprised by [their] heartbreaking and backbreaking journey.”
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