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Andrew Davies: Rewriting the Classics

How Andrew Davies transforms the classics into prime-time television. A profile exploring both his creative process and the influence of his childhood in Cardiff.

Controversial, witty, irreverent – Britain’s best-known screenwriter, Andrew Davies, has created some of the most iconic small-screen dramas of the past 50 years.

At the age of 82 he is following his smash hit adaptation of War and Peace with another global epic, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

As he watches the production come to life during 2018, he looks back at the influence of his childhood in Cardiff. And he explores how he boils down and spices up his dramas – transforming our best-loved novels into prime-time television. Contributors include Sarah Waters, Helen Fielding and Dominic West.

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 28 Jan 2019 01:30

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:31

    Carl Davis

    Pride and Prejudice


  • Sun 30 Dec 2018 22:00
  • Sun 30 Dec 2018 22:05
  • Thu 3 Jan 2019 22:30
  • Mon 28 Jan 2019 01:30