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    The BBC is giving us a Lord of the Flies TV show.

    Janet Manley

    April 20, 2023, 12:37pm

    Shh shhshh! Jack Thorne, who adapted Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for TV, has the conch! Along with the production company behind Sex Education, Thorne will be adapting William Golding’s Lord of the Flies for a BBC TV series, Deadline reports, and somewhere, a prop stylist is forming Piggy’s ill-fated spectacles.

    Golding’s family have been involved, with his daughter, Judy Golding Carver, telling Deadline: “My father wrote the novel in a passionate, visionary response to the aftermath of war. He understood that its relevance would not die away.”

    Since the book was published in 1954, there have been two film adaptations (in 1963 and 1990, see above), a gender-swapped 2019 TV show The Wilds, and countless homages to Golding’s dim portrayal of (patriarchal) humanity under duress, from the recent Yellowjackets, following a marooned girls’ soccer team who resort to cannibalism, to the long-running Lost, Suzanne Collins’ YA series The Hunger Games, Libba Bray’s YA novel Beauty Queens, and of course Six Days, Seven Nights starring Harrison Ford. /s

    Thorne has also worked on Wonder and Enola Holmes and the theatric production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

    That reminds me, I still need to figure out how to work the ferro rod I bought while watching Alone two years ago. Never know when you will need!

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