Andrew Davies

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Manchester University Press, Jul 22, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 227 pages
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One of Britain's foremost TV practitioners, Andrew Davies is the creator of programmes such as 'A Very Peculiar Practice', 'To Serve Them All My Days', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Othello' and 'The Way We Live Now'. Although best known for his adaptations of the work of writers such as Jane Austen and George Eliot, he has written numerous original drama series, single plays, films, stage plays and books. This volume offers a critical appraisal of Davies's work, and assesses his contribution to British television.
Cardwell also explores the conventional notions of authorship and auteurism which are challenged by Davies's work. Can we identify Davies as the author of the varied texts attributed to him? If so, does an awareness of his authorial role aid our interpretation and evaluation of those texts? How does the phenomenon of adaptation affect the issue of authorship? How important is 'the author' to television?
This book will appeal to both an academic readership, and to the many people who have taken pleasure in Davies's work.
 

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Contents

Biographical sketch
5
Daviess nonadapted original
34
List of illustrations 1 Is That Your Body Boy? 1970
42
Bavarian Night 1981
43
Joe seeks permission to speak 3 The writer at work
47
A Very Peculiar Practice 198586
65
Daviess adaptations from
69
The Signalman 1976
73
Vanity Fair 1998
109
voices and genre
111
Becky and Amelia 15 Becky reseduces Jos
133
Daniel Deronda 2002
135
Daniel watches Gwendolen 17 Gwendolen senses Daniels gaze
140
Distinguishing the televisual
147
Othello 2001
155
Doctor Zhivago 2002
171

A man half consumed by the darkness
80
Rictus
83
To Serve Them All My Days 1980
84
David muses Beth looks on 10 David at the window 11 Julia
91
The Old Devils 1991
95
Charlie dances 13 Peter and Rhiannon express their affections
98
Davies television criticism and authorship
177
LIST OF PROGRAMMES FILMS AND OTHER TEXTS
197
THE SIGNALMAN 1866 BY CHARLES DICKENS
207
THE INTRODUCTION OF MELMOTTE
217
INDEX
223
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Sarah Cardwell is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury

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