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BBC tackles 'unfilmable' Money

13th November 2009

News that the BBC will make the Martin Amis novel Money into a two-part drama series has raised a few eyebrows among television critics.

The broadcaster announced this week that the cameras would start rolling shortly on an adaptation of a book many regard as 'unfilmable'.

The programme will feature an all-star cast including Sean Of The Dead's Nick Frost, Emma Pierson of Little Dorrit fame and style icon Jerry Hall.

Writing on his blog, the Daily Telegraph's TV features editor Michael Deacon says the BBC has been brave to attempt to bring Money to the small screen.

'This is either going to be the most awe-inspiringly skilful achievement in the history of scriptwriting, or a giant, sucking quagmire of impenetrability,' he warns. 'Money won't be an easy novel to film. It isn't even an easy novel to read.'

Deacon suggests the BBC's best chance of success would be to 'point a camera' at Martin Amis while he 'reads the whole book aloud'.

Money is set in the 1980s but BBC head of series and serials Kate Harwood argues it is still relevant to a modern-day audience.

'Money is an incredibly timely drama, satirising the pitfalls of the dedicated pursuit of wealth in a brilliantly dark and comic way,' she said, going on to describe Amis as 'one of the greatest living authors of our time'.

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