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On Adaptation: Hannah Greig and Gwyneth Hughes

In conversation with Helen Berry

Date/Time: Thursday 5 December, 7.15pm

Venue: Culture Lab

Hannah Greig, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History (York), is historical advisor to multiple film, television and theatre productions, including The Favourite (2018), which won two Venice International Film Festival awards, ten British Independent Film Awards, and for which Olivia Colman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Anne.


Gwyneth Hughes is a documentary director and screenwriter, whose work includes the 2018 ITV adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1848 novel Vanity Fair, and Miss Austen Regrets (2007), a BBC drama about Jane Austen’s marriage proposal, which won Writers’ Guild and BAFTA awards.


Greig and Hughes will discuss how historical adaptation for television requires, in Greig’s words, an ‘engagement with history [that] runs far deeper’ than ‘the stuff of surface detail.’

Helen Berry is Professor of British History at Newcastle University

Gwyneth Hughes