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Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies

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First broadcast: Sun 05 Aug 2007

Screenwriter

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the writer Andrew Davies. He is the king of television adaptation; Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair, Middlemarch and Tipping the Velvet are just a few of the dramas he has brought to our screens.

Until he was 50, he was an English lecturer and wrote in his spare time - it was a sort of mid-life crisis that sent his career soaring. Since then, his signature has been stripping down the classics, sexing them up and serving Austen, Eliot and Dickens to appreciative audiences. The trick is to make sure the stories remain relevant to viewers today - and that, he says, is straightforward because the main motivators remain the same - sex, love, money and power.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Ludwig van Beethoven

1.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Concerto in D major - 3rd movement

Soloist: Sir Yehudi Menuhin

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Benjamin Britten

2.

Benjamin Britten

Kyrie (from Missa brevis in D major)

Choir: The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

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Chris Barber Band Box

3.

Castaway's favourite

Chris Barber Band Box

Hiawatha Rag

Leonard Bernstein

4.

Leonard Bernstein

Opening Theme (from On the Waterfront)

Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

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Françoise Hardy

7.

Françoise Hardy

La Maison Ou J'ai Grandi

Artist: Charles Blackwell & Orchestra

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Gabriel Fauré

8.

Gabriel Fauré

In Paradisum (from Requiem), Op 48

Soloist: Victoria de Los Angeles & Elisabeth Brasseur Orchestra: The Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire

Others who chose this artist

Book

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Luxury item

Endless supply of Mojitos

Others who chose a similar luxury

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