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Stephen King discusses new novel 'Doctor Sleep', the sequel to 1977 classic 'The Shining'

After 36 years, Stephen King has at last relented and written a sequel to his 1977 novel, The Shining.  Doctor Sleep revisits the character of the young son in The Shining, Danny Torrance - now a middle-aged man struggling to come to terms with his psychic powers.

In the above BBC interview with Will Gompertz, Stephen King criticises Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film version of the novel. When asked if he liked it Stephen replies, “No, it was cold. I am not a cold guy. I think one of the things that people relate to in my books is a warmth, there’s a reaching out and saying to the reader, I want you to be part of this.”

Kubrick’s Shining starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall as the doomed couple stranded in the Overlook hotel. During production Kubrick’s daughter, Vivian, was given full access to roam the set at Elstree Studios. With a 16mm camera, Vivian captured the rehearsals and antics of the actors on set, which became the 1980 Arena film Making ‘The Shining’.

In this clip from the Arena film, Jack Nicholson prepares for the iconic bathroom scene and we meet the young actor Danny Lloyd, who plays the young Danny Torrance. In later years Danny Lloyd left the acting profession to become a science teacher, hopefully earning more than the ‘two Dollars’ he expected to earn from The Shining.

Behind the scenes of 'The Shining' - Jack Nicholson prepares for the iconic bathroom scene

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