Dyer, a charismatic figure in the UK who recently made headlines for his own take on David Cameron’s role in Brexit, is to feature in Dyer on Pinter for Sky Arts, the Comcast-owned pay-TV service’s culture channel. The film will explore the life and works of Pinter and tell the story of their unlikely friendship.
The single doc is produced by BBC Studios – the company’s first commission from the pay-TV broadcaster since it became able to produce for third-party broadcaster. It will air later this year as part of Sky Arts’ Passions season.
This comes as Dyer, who currently stars on BBC primetime soap EastEnders, prepares to star alongside Sherlock’s Martin Freeman in The Dumb Waiter, which Pinter originally wrote in 1959, and A Slight Ache. The plays, directed by Jamie Lloyd, open on 31 January at The Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
Dyer previously starred in Pinter’s Celebration in 2000, which began at the Almeida Theatre before transferring to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, and in the revival of No Man’s Land at the Royal National Theatre. He also played Joey in the revival of Pinter’s The Homecoming, directed by Michael Attenborough.
Dyer, who this week starred in BBC two-part doc series Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family, which looked at his own royal family tree, has previously spoken about his unlikely relationship with Pinter. “I miss him, you know, he was a good influence on me,” he told the Guardian in 2013. “He was the only person who I feared but loved. He had faith in me, he suffered all my shit because he knew I was a talented actor. He was a fucking tyrant, too, you know, but he could get away with it because he was so enchanting. He was a poet.”