“Since it came out, every cultural reference to Jane Austen, and every adaptation, has had as much to do with Andrew Davies as it does to Austen.” – Professor Deborah Cartmell, author of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: The Relationship Between Text and Screen
Sometimes a wet shirt can change the world. When Andrew Davies
adapted Jane Austen’s witty, insightful but daunting Pride and Prejudice
, he didn’t just create a new audience for the classics – he founded a new genre of historical drama. In the years that followed, people would refer to an ‘Andrew Davies adaptation.’
In this session to commemorate the
200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Davies himself guides us
through his Austen adaptations, and teaches the audiences the secrets of
introducing modern audiences to her humour and timeless insights.