28 August, 2009

ITV's Wuthering Heights: preview and podcast

If you're looking forward to ITV's new adaptation of Wuthering Heights this Sunday, here's a little treat for you.

Tuesday night, in conjunction with Screen Yorkshire, we had the honour of hosting a preview of the lavish drama -- which was filmed right here in West Yorkshire -- and a talk from the team behind the show, including BAFTA-winning screenwriter Peter Bowker (who also wrote BBC2's brilliantly bawdy Desperate Romantics).

It was a packed out event and a very good adaptation -- I was on tenterhooks even though we all know how it ends for Cathy and Heathcliff, and the foreboding Yorkshire landscape is stunningly shot.

And here's the little treat: the full audio from the talk, giving you a unique insight into how a big-hitting TV drama like Wuthering Heights is devised, pitched, funded and made. You can download it at our Podcasts page, or search for "National Media Museum" in iTunes. Photos from the event below, too.

The big boss (aka Director of the National Media Museum) Colin Philpott at the pre-screening drinks gathering.

Joseph Taylor -- who acts his little socks off in Wuthering Heights as young Hindley -- soaks up the limelight.

A busy event -- and front row are (left to right) Screen Yorkshire's Sally Joynson, Q&A chair Bill Lawrence, Wuthering Heights and Desperate Romantics screenwriter Peter Bowker, Director of Production and Finance Jon Williams and Executive Producer Michele Buck.


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