Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman are set to star in a BBC Two adaptation of the bestselling novel, The Thirteenth Tale.

Heyday Films are set to produce the one-off ninety minute drama for the BBC which is an adaptation of Diane Setterfield’s novel written by Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons).

The story is a modern day mystery with flashbacks to the 1940s. A biographer (Colman) sets out to interview a legendary writer whose health is fading.

The writer (Redgrave) has up until now refused to revealed the secrets of her life and her childhood home.

Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson said “Building on our record-breaking BAFTA success and BBC Two’s reputation for world-class drama, The Thirteenth Tale is yet another treat for the audience later this year. Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman, along with the award-winning team behind the drama, illustrate BBC drama at its best - attracting the highest calibre of talent and making the most ambitious content possible.”

Writer Hampton added: “I was delighted to take on Ms Setterfield’s ingenious mystery. It’s been a great pleasure re-engaging with the brave new world of 21st-century television drama: I may have to come back for more.”