We hear that following the success of The Iron Lady in which Meryl Streep portrayed former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, talks are underway between Streep, a major Hollywood studio and S4C, and an as yet unknown Australian production company to produce a mini-series telling the dramatic story of how gay icon Leanne Wood overcame all odds to become leader of Plaid Cymru.
Ms Wood’s rise to prominence is already well documented with most people having heard of her suspension from the Welsh Parliament (Senedd) for referring to HRH the Queen as Mrs Windsor during a debate and her arrest for protesting against the UK’s Trident nuclear missile programme at the Faslane naval base in Scotland.
What many people are not aware of though, is that Wood had an impoverished childhood being brought up in the Rhondda Valley with only a lump of coal for a friend and had to face the indignity of having to speaking English and eat free school meals while many of her school friends pretended to speak Welsh and took a packed lunch to school.
Leanne is not the only Welsh politicians to be in talks about film rights at the moment. We understand that the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones is in talks with Disney who want him to star in a 15 episode animated series for toddlers about a tractor who lives in a field in Bridgend and doesn’t do a lot, while the feisty leader of the Lib Dems in Wales is negotiating the rights to Kirsty the Samphire Slayer. Leader of the Conservatives in Wales, Andrew RT Davies was unavailable to comment but a spokesperson told us he was out looking for a Black and White Cat to help with his deliveries.