Dame Barbara Windsor will have her life story turned into a one-off TV drama for the BBC.
Dame Barbara herself said she is “honoured and excited” that her life will become the 90 minute drama special, Babs. It will be shown next year, just ahead of her 80th birthday.
The writing will be handled by the former Eastenders lead writer Tony Jordan. According to Dame Barbara, Tony is “undoubtedly the only person I felt knew me well enough to tell my story”.
The one-off special will be set in the 90’s, and will show Dame Barbara preparing to perform in a theatre and looking back at the key events in her career. The show will undoubtedly touch on her role in the Carry On films, which is where many knew her from before Eastenders.
The drama of Dame Barbara’s life has been discussed before, but not in this way, and it was when Tony approached her two years ago that she “knew it was the right time”.
“Tony knows the real me and what makes me tick and I was particularly taken by the way he wants to tell my tale which is not in the way people will expect it to be. Tony certainly has captured the moments of my life that have made me who I am today. I am honoured and excited that Tony and the BBC have commissioned this.”
Tony himself had this to say: “There’s a reason that, as a nation, we’ve all taken Barbara to our hearts, I think it is because she’s always been one of us, never forgetting where she came from. That unbelievably rare combination of someone in the business with the highest level of professionalism, but without any of the airs and graces to go with it. She’s a national treasure and one of the most remarkable women I’ve met. I only hope this film will do her justice.”