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The Scapegoat
http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt2084977/

I was reminded by an advert on ITV that I’d wanted to see The Scapegoat and realised I certainly wanted to see it more than whatever they were airing at that moment, so I stopped my channel-hopping and went to see whether it was still on ITV Player. Luckily, it was. Still is, I presume

It’s adapted from a Daphne du Maurier novel – I own Jamaica Inn, but all I remember of it is it was set in Cornwall, there was smuggling and a dark-haired man was involved. I think I know what the story of Rebecca is by osmosis, although I’ve never read the book or watched the adaptations. It’s quite possible that I’ve seen other du Maurier adaptations unknowingly.

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feather_ghyll: Black and white body shot a row of ballet dancers (Ballet girls)
Ballet Shoes (BBC One, Boxing Day 2007)
http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1083845/

Adaptations both are and are not, risky prospects. Television companies and film studios make them because they believe that they're safe prospects, being familiar properties and so attracting an interested audience. Adapting a book also offers a touch of class to a TV or film production, more often than not. With 'Ballet Shoes', you have a widely acclaimed classic with nostalgic connotations from the viewers' childhood, and for the period in which the book is set. And yet, like I said, it's a risky proposition. The screenwriter has to translate the material to a different medium, for a different age, while they (and of course everyone else involved in the production) are putting their own stamp on readers' long-held personal view(s) of the book. Maybe influenced by their own long-held view, maybe not.
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My thoughts on the book can be found here.

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