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‘It’s good to chop out the boring bits!’: Andrew Davies on adapting War and Peace

Reputedly the highest paid screenwriter in the business, Davies is unrepentant about the gratuitous rumpy-pumpy in his adaptions of the classics

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

Like Black Rod and the Poet Laureate, screenwriter Andrew Davies occupies one of the most colourful and arcane offices in public life. He is Pornographer-in-Chief, a title that was first bestowed by the journalist Paul Johnson on the boss of Channel 4, Sir Michael Grade. Davies has assumed the mantle by virtue (or vice) of sexing up cherished texts from the literary canon for the gratification of television producers.

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