DIARY: Hype on BBC drama The Project spins out of control

Reports about a BBC drama on the role of Labour spin doctors in the run-up to the 1997 general election got Diary thinking about casting.

But it seems that what the papers wrote isn't strictly true. A BBC source said the proposed film - which is currently being scripted under working title The Project - is 'not about spin doctors'. However, he confirmed it will feature characters who worked behind the scenes on Labour's campaign.

Unfortunately for bigger egos in the Labour election machine, there won't be any recognition factor in the characters who do make it into the drama.

Nonetheless, should the BBC change its mind and go for a docu-drama instead ... in the role of David Hill, Diary would like to see David Jason. Derek Draper could be played by Dale Winton - as long as he was prepared to butch up for the role.

Shandwick's Colin Byrne might be represented by former Queen Vic hardman Ross Kemp. And for sex appeal, Rob Lowe, Colin Firth and Daniela Nardini lining up to play Finsbury's Karl Milner, Cicero's Richard Elsen and Millbank's Margaret McDonagh respectively.

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