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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Daviess nonadapted original
List of illustrations 1 Is That Your Body Boy? 1970
Bavarian Night 1981
Joe seeks permission to speak 3 The writer at work
A Very Peculiar Practice 198586
Daviess adaptations from
The Signalman 1976
Vanity Fair 1998
voices and genre
Becky and Amelia 15 Becky reseduces Jos
Daniel Deronda 2002
Daniel watches Gwendolen 17 Gwendolen senses Daniels gaze
Distinguishing the televisual
Doctor Zhivago 2002
A man half consumed by the darkness
To Serve Them All My Days 1980
David muses Beth looks on 10 David at the window 11 Julia
The Old Devils 1991
Charlie dances 13 Peter and Rhiannon express their affections
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