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An important announcement for all lovers of the small screen and great literature is what has been made in these hours by the BBC: a television series based on the cult novel by William Golding will soon arrive, namely Lord of the Flies (first released in 1954).
It will be called Lord of the Flies (like the original title of the novel, literally translated by us as Lord of the Flies) and will be a drama mini-series, consisting of four episodes lasting one hour each.
It will be produced for BBC One and BBC iPlayer by Eleven (backed by Sony Pictures Television), adapting Golding’s novel of the same name (and iconic) for the first time on TV.
It will tell the same story as the book: some kids find themselves stranded on a tropical island. They will have to try to survive. At any cost… But unfortunately we know how it ends (the spoiler doesn’t apply here because the book came out in the ’50s, so you had plenty of time to read it! But it’s never too late anyway).
The show is written by award-winning screenwriter Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Help And This is England ’90among others), who says: “It’s a TV show that we hope families watch together on the sofa and discover it just like I discovered the book with my mom as a child”.
Producing are Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell (Ten Pound Poms And Sex Education) for Eleven and Nawfal Faizullah for the BBC.
The series was endorsed by William Golding’s daughter
The project was approved by the heiress of the famous British writer William Golding – his daughter Judy Golding Carver. In fact, we recall that William Golding died on June 19, 1993.
“We are deeply grateful to have such sincere support from William Golding’s daughter, Judy Carver,” the production said.
“Working with the mighty BBC (…) to bring this to life, finding our director and actors will, I am sure, be one of the joys of my life. It is a book, I think, full of love as well as cruelty, about how we survive as people and the ways we destroy ourselves,” adds Jack Thorne.
An all-English project
Starting from the novel that underlies the project (which is considered one of the most important literary titles in British literature) up to the nationality of the characters and that of the production team, everything in this project is revealed made in England.
For now, the director and the actors of the cast have not yet been announced, so let’s wait to see if they too will be subjects of King Charles III.
The attempt at self-government by a society of young boys ends in tragedy
A group of young British boys stranded on a desert island will try to govern themselves, however the experiment will prove to be nothing short of disastrous.
In an effort to remain civil, the boys organize themselves, led by Ralph and supported by the intellectual of the group, Piggy. But Jack, who is in charge of the Fire and Signal Service, is more interested in getting leadership. Because of this, he will start attracting other guys to him.
This story tells a lot about the human soul, giving metaphorical and iconic examples of our species.
We recall that the author de Lord of the Flies was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. And in 2008 the times placed him third on their list of “The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945”.
A book that leaves an indelible impression
“I first read the book when I was seven and it made an indelible impression on me, more than any other novel since,” says Eleven’s Joel Wilson, who is producing the mini-series. “It is a great honor and a joy to take on the responsibility of adapting such a valuable novel, especially as I will be working alongside my dear friend Jack, one of the kindest and most insightful writers on the planet. He has written some of the most detailed and engaging portraits of human beings one could hope to encounter.”
Thorne : “A book that scarred me like no other
“Joel and I were talking in his kitchen and he said ‘come on, tell me what you would like to do but do you think you’ll ever get the chance to do’ and I said Lord of the Flies”, says screenwriter Jack Thorne. “This is a book that has left me a scar like no other,” Thorne underlines, recounting that his exit married the interests of Joel himself, the producer.
“Joel snapped and said he had been bugging Golding family reps for years. Soon after, he figured out a way to get Judy Carver to say yes.”
The words of William Golding’s daughter
“My father wrote the novel in a passionate and visionary response to the aftermath of war,” says Judy Golding Carver of her illustrious parent William Golding, reports the BBC website. “He understood that his relevance of him was not going to die. I think he would appreciate the freshness and vigor with which Jack and Joel are taking on the project, and would certainly be touched by their intense commitment. Our family has been encouraged by our discussions with them and, as a result, we place our trust in their abilities and enthusiasm. My father was proud of the novel and trusted its power and his honesty. His family believes that this adaptation will do full justice to these qualities ”.
Lord of the Fliesone of the most popular books of the last 70 years
First published by Faber, Lord of the Flies it came out in 1954. It was signed by an author who was then a complete stranger. In a short time it has become one of the most popular books of the last 70 years, consecrating Golding to an absolute myth.
“We are so thrilled that Jack Thorne is adapting such an iconic, timeless and much loved novel for television for the first time – and that the adaptation has been approved by the family of the late William Golding. It is a formidable team of writers and producers who will bring these definitive characters to life for all generations,” said Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama.