‘Love, Nina’ to be on TV

Love, Nina: despatches from family lifeNina Stibbe’s prize-winning book ‘Love, Nina’ is being turned into a five part drama of thirty minute episodes to be shown on BBC One. It won the non-fiction Book of the Year award at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014.

Nick Hornby will adapt it, his first drama for TV. He said: “Love, Nina has already attained the status of a modern classic, and I am so happy that I’ve been given the opportunity to adapt it. We want to make a series that is as charming, funny and delightful as Nina Stibbe’s glorious book.”

Love, Nina: despatches from family life by Nina Stibbe – In the 1980s Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There’s a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright. Not to mention the two boys, their favourite football teams, and rude words, a very broad-minded mother and assorted nice chairs. From the mystery of the unpaid milk bill and the avoidance of nuclear war to mealtime discussions on pie filler, the greats of English literature, swearing in German and sexually transmitted diseases, ‘Love, Nina’ is a wonderful celebration of bad food, good company and the relative merits of Thomas Hardy and Enid Blyton.

 

Write like the Wind – Not

Game of thronesIf you’re waiting for G. R. R. Martin to finish ‘The Winds of Winter,’ Book 6 of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels — it won’t be published in 2015.  Just  some  “prequel novellas” based in Westeros which are expected later this year.  His publisher says: “These are increasingly complex books, and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.”

Season 5 of Game of Thrones is back on Sky Atlantic on 13th April, based on Book 4, A Feast for Crows, and parts of Book 5, A Dance With Dragons. Game of Thrones has large number of teenage actors who are growing up fast so HBO intend to end the show with Season 7 in 2017.

Two more novels were announced nearly a decade ago – The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. At the speed G. R. R. Martin writes, plus the length of the novels, it could be a long time before the last one is published.

Martin has said the TV show is like a “freight train” barrelling down on him, as he tries to lay track in front of it. The YouTube song imploring him to finish books six and seven, “Write Like the Wind,” is now nearly 3 years old.

He insists he’ll be done when he’s done – he may even expand the series to eight or nine books if he feels like it — it wouldn’t be the first time the number of books has grown. So the screen version may beat the book it was based on for the first time in history! Martin told show producers key plot points years ago to cover that eventuality. So he can, if he wants to, write prequels before he finishes the series …..

The final word goes to the author. At the 2013 Comic-Con event w00tstock., the musicians behind “Write Like the Wind,” began to sing their urgent instruction to Martin — who unexpectedly emerged on stage to destroy their guitars.

Poldark returns

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Anyone remember Poldark? Set in 18th century Cornwall with a dashing hero….You do have to be over a certain age to remember it, as it was first on telly 1975-1977.

Well it’s coming back to BBC1 as a brand new eight part series. It will be based on the novels “Poldark” and “Demelza,”the first two in the Poldark series. The novels were written by author Winston Graham, and Pan Books are reissuing them to tie in with the series. The new editions are on order and many of Winston Graham’s other novels are in stock.

Pan Macmillan will also publish a new edition of “Poldark’s Cornwall”, in which Graham talks about the area that inspired his books. This new edition will be published in hardback on 23rd April 2015.

Robin Ellis played Poldark in the 70s series. This time Aidan Turner has been cast in the role. He played Kíli in the Hobbit, John Mitchell in Being Human and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics.