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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 16th Apr 2012
Andrew Davies is one of television's most sought-after writers, commercially successful and critically acclaimed, famous for his adaptations of classic works of literature. A lover of literature, he combined teaching with writing until going full-time in 1987, aged 50. It's a career of amazing versatility spanning 40 years, which has also seen him work on a number of original plays and works, programmes for children and sitcoms. To name a few highlights- the 1990s saw Davies adapt George Eliot's Middlemarch and Austen's Pride and Prejudice both for the BBC and Moll Flanders for ITV. In the 2000s Tipping the Velvet, Vanity Fair and The Way We Live Now were all for the BBC.
Bettany Hughes is an historian and author. She read Ancient and Modern History at Oxford University and then continued her post-graduate research while traveling through the Balkans and Asia Minor. She has written and presented a number of documentaries for radio and television including When The Moors Ruled Europe; Helen of Troy; What's The Point of Forgiveness; Atlantis: The Evidence and The Story of Buddhism. In recognition of her contribution to research, Bettany has been awarded a Research Fellowship at King's London. Her most recent series for BBC 2 is Divine Women which charts the role of women in the history of religion.