The Line of Beauty
Interview with Andrew Davies
Award-winning writer Andrew Davies talks about adapting Alan Hollinghurst, casting and the Thatcher decade...
"Adapting The Line of Beauty was a joy - it's a beautifully constructed novel that falls naturally into three acts. There are already lots of brilliant set-piece scenes with spot-on dialogue.
"Alan's love scenes are graphic and detailed - there was no need to 'sex up' this story!
"I was happy to write a very faithful adaptation, seeing all the action through Nick's eyes. Some people don't like him, but I found him a very engaging hero.
"The only change I made with him was to make him a bit more assertive at the end. I also built up the part of Catherine - I found her character very engaging."
"One of the joys of this production is that the leading characters are all so young, so we have been able to cast fresh faces.
"The audience will see them as the character they're playing - not the usual, oh, there's so and so, she was in such and such.
"And the casting director found us some dazzlingly talented (and fanciable) young actors, in Dan Stevens, Hayley Atwell, Alex Wyndham and Oliver Coleman."
"It was fun to explore trivial details of the Eighties - the short shorts, the body-hugging Speedos, the square shoulders of power-dressing, the brick-like mobile phones, the great music (Stranglers, Van Morrison, etc) but at a deeper level, this was the decade when corporate greed became acceptable: the confident, sleaze-filled years of the Thatcher administration.
"And Thatcher-worship, too. Strrange to remember those days when it seemed like she would be there for ever.
"The sad thing is that in a lot of ways it feels like we are still living in that greedy, dog eat dog decade."