This video is part of an exclusive behind-the-scenes collection taken from the OU/BBC co-production To Walk Invisible, a drama on the Brontë sisters and how they overcame hardships to write some of the finest works of English literature. The drama was written by BAFTA-winning Sally Wainwright and stars Finn Atkins, Chloe Pirrie and Charlie Murphy as Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, respectively.
You can dig deeper into the Brontë sisters' works with our interactive, Which Brontë sister wrote it?
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