Taking the humour out of Dickens, it’s not Dickens any more.
‘Affinity’ is beautiful and intense, with no laughs. It’s a rather delicate and emotional love story, with a spooky element.
Plan for each episode to be a satisfying experience, but still leave the audience thinking, ‘Oh, my God! Now what?
I’m not one of these people who say how much better American drama is than English. I find it mostly too American, except for The Sopranos, which I think is the best thing.
An adaptation I was working on of Trollope’s ‘The Pallisers’ has been axed by the BBC… I was also going to do Dickens’ ‘Dombey and Son’ but they’ve asked me to do ‘David Copperfield’ instead.
I always do like to write love stories, even if they end tragically.
Be careful about the advice you give, especially to your children.
People like bonnets. I don’t think you can under-estimate that.
The BBC fulfils a wonderful cultural function. Maybe the problem is that it feels it needs to be everything to everybody.
I used to have this Mercedes, a dark blue 450SLC, which was the most beautiful car. I’d like to have another unusual, beautiful car.
A distinguished producer called Kenith Trodd actually lived in his office for over a year – the cleaners refused to go in because it was such a tip.
I know that a ridiculous number of classic serials have been commissioned, and that reviews show a reaction against them. The critics seem fed up.