“THIS is Vanity Fair.
“A world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having.”
(William Makepeace Thackeray)
August 2017. Bloomsbury Centre Baptist Church, London WC2.
Gathered in the church’s ‘Friendship Centre’ were the cast, production team, executives and the rest of the team involved in ITV’s new adaptation of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.
With screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes announcing herself as “assistant to the author”.
I had already read all seven of her sparkling scripts.
But it was here in this room that they were first brought alive during an almost day long script read-through.
“SHE is always chasing the dream in her head.
“Chasing a fairy tale throughout her whole life.”
Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt talking to me about her new screen role as Mary Ann Cotton in Dark Angel.
A 2 x 90 minute drama written by Gwyneth Hughes starting on ITV at 9pm next Monday (Oct 31).
Also coming to MASTERPIECE on PBS in 2017.
Telling the true story of the woman dubbed Britain’s first female serial killer.
With Alun Armstrong as Mary Ann’s father George and Jonas Armstrong as her lover Joe Nattrass.
“IT’S not a challenge you could turn down. You’ve got half a novel.
“My wife calls me, ‘The man who’s finished off Dickens.’
“Which I think is unfair.”
The Mystery of Edwin Drood director Diarmuid Lawrence speaking at the British Film Institute in London last month.
Ahead of the two-part BBC2 adaptation at 9pm tonight (Tuesday) and tomorrow.