'Notting Hill' makes network TV debut
Notting Hill, the hit romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, makes its network television debut as the ABC Big Picture Show, Monday, May 6 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network. The film will be presented in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound and video description via SAP.
The movie tells the story of Anna Scott (Roberts), a Hollywood and international superstar who meets the owner of a book store (Grant) in the Notting Hill section of London. The pair are immediately attracted to each other, but her fame and fortune serve as a wedge. The relationship, which begins in fits and starts, is peopled with a colorful cast of friends and colleagues - especially Grant's mangy roommate (Rhys Ifans).
Starring are Julia Roberts as Anna Scott, Hugh Grant as William "Will/Willie" Thacker, Richard McCabe as Tony, Rhys Ifans as Spike, James Dreyfus as Martin, Dylan Moran as Rufus the Thief, Roger Frost as Annoying Customer, Henry Goodman as Ritz Concierge, Julian Rhind-Tutt as "Time Out" Journalist, Lorelei King as Karen, Anna's publicist, John Sharpnel as P.R. Chief, Clarke Peters as "Helix" Lead Actor and Yolanda Vazquez as Interpreter.
The 1999 film was directed by Roger Michell (Changing Lanes) and written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary). It was produced by Bookshop Productions, Notting Hill Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films.