Andrew Davies

By Sarah Cardwell

Andrew Davies

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6492-0
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: May 2005
  • BIC Category: The arts / Television, Biography: Arts & Entertainment, PERFORMING ARTS / Television / History & Criticism, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, Television, Film and Media
  • Series: The Television Series


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.


General Editors' Preface
1. Andrew Davies: biographical sketch
2. Questions of authorship
3. Making his mark: Davies's non-adapted ('original') television work
4. Authorship and adaptation: Davies's adaptations from 'non-classic' literature
5. The classic-novel adaptations: Voice(s) and genre
6. Distinguishing the televisual
7. Conclusion: Davies, television, criticism and authorship
List of programmes, films and other texts
Appendix 1: 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens
Appendix 2: Extract from 'The Way We Live Now' by Anthony Trollope


Sarah Cardwell is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Kent

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