Burton and Taylor

Move over, 'Liz & Dick'! BBC America to deliver 'Burton and Taylor'

March 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM ET

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Elizabeth Taylor, in the title role, and Richard Burton as Marc Antony in "Cleopatra."

Lindsay Lohan's about to be schooled again.

Just months after Lifetime's unintentionally hilarious "Liz & Dick," starring LiLo as legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, BBC America has announced its own adaption of the tumultuous Hollywood love story.

Where "Liz & Dick" was a soapy charade, "Burton and Taylor" is legit. In addition to its more respectful title, it stars two-time Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter and BAFTA winner Dominic West ("The Hour," "The Wire").

Unlike Lifetime's life-spanning epic farce, the 90-minute "Burton and Taylor" takes a microscope to the pair's first joint appearance on stage in Noel Coward's "Private Lives."

Despite the ironic nod to the stars' public, stormy romance, the 1983 revival was savaged by critics. It also marked Burton's last Broadway performance; the Welsh actor died less than a year later.

"Burton and Taylor," written by William Ivory ("Made in Dagenham," "Going for Gold") and directed by Richard Laxton ("Effie," "Him and Her," "Hancock") is the latest title in BBC America's Dramaville slate, which also includes the critically acclaimed "Luther," "The Hour," and the upcoming "Spies of Warsaw" starring "Doctor Who's" David Tennant.

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