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The Unfilmable Books That Have Made It to the Big Screen

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 27 December 2012

In a special edition, Francine Stock and guests discuss difficult books adapted for the big screen. Deepa Mehta talks Midnight's Children, Ang Lee reveals the challenges of making Life of Pi, and Walter Salles discusses On the Road. Meanwhile, Sir Christopher Frayling, critic Tim Robey, and screenwriter Tony Grisoni look back over the years at cinema's attempts at realising 'unfilmable' books.

Producer: Craig Smith.

  • Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children

    Midnight’s Children, directed by Deepa Mehta, is in cinemas in key cities from this weekend, certificate 12A.

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, is in cinemas nationwide, certificate PG.

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas, directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, is scheduled for UK release in February 2013, certificate 15.

  • On the Road

    On the Road

    On the Road, directed by Walter Salles, will be released on DVD in February 2013, certificate TBC.


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