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What do Benjamin Black, Irish Detective Quirke, Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe all have in common? Author John Banville. Banville recently published The Black-Eyed Blonde, starring the iconic Chandler's Philip Marlowe, under his detective fiction pen name Benjamin Black, after being approached by Chandler's estate about reviving the character. Readers were given a glimpse into Banville's complex world last night at a Writers Bloc event in Los Angeles hosted by the group's head Andrea Grossman, who took the stage to banter with Banville, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea (2005). Writers Bloc is a Los Angeles-
- Thea Klapwald
London — BBC Worldwide, the distribution arm of the U.K. broadcaster, has pre-sold British dramas “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond” and “Quirke” to a raft of broadcasters around the world ahead of their transmission in the U.K.
“Fleming,” which is a four-part spy drama miniseries starring Dominic Cooper and Lara Pulver, has been pre-sold to 12 territories, including France (Arte), Australia (ABC), Canada (Showcase and BBC Canada), Portugal (Zon), Pan Nordics (HBO), Sweden (TV4), Denmark (Dr), Norway (TV2), Belgium (Vrt), Turkey (Sinema TV), Africa (BBC Africa) and Japan (Wowow). The miniseries premieres in the U.S. on BBC America on Jan. 29.
“Quirke,” which is a three-part crime drama miniseries adapted by screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson, has been licensed to five international broadcasters. It will air in Germany (Degeto), Croatia (Hrt), Denmark (Danmarks Radio), Iceland (Ruv) and Slovenia (Rtv).
- Leo Barraclough
Playwright fears celebrity culture of the West End and explains why he is now embracing a 'new artform'
There can be few playwrights as devoted to the magic of live theatre as Ireland's garlanded Conor McPherson, author of acclaimed plays such as The Weir, Port Authority and Shining City. So it is a surprise to learn how strong a pull television now has on the writer.
On the eve of the transfer of the Donmar Theatre's triumphant revival of The Weir to a large West End venue, and following the feted Broadway opening of his latest play, The Night Alive, it is the prospect of writing adaptations for television that is now engaging arguably Ireland's greatest living playwright.
"More and more it seems like television is where all the creative work is happening," he told the Observer. "I am increasingly asked to write for TV, in fact. Years ago it would have been small movies, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
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