WINSTON GRAHAM: author of
Films & TV
A number of Winston Graham’s suspense novels were filmed, the most famous being Marnie a psychological thriller, directed by Alfred
Hitchcock in 1964. Hitchcock had wanted Grace Kelly, by then married to Prince Ranier of Monaco, for the lead. She agreed in principle, but
the plan failed when the principality of Monaco realised that the heroine was a thief, a liar and didn’t like men – not the image they wanted
for a Princess of the realm. The leads were eventually taken by Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery.
Of his other suspense stories four were filmed for the large screen. Take My Life (1947) featured Marius Goring, Night without Stars (1951)
had David Farrar and Nadia Gray in the lead roles, Fortune is a Woman (1957) starred Jack Hawkins and Arlene Dahl and The Walking Stick
(1970) had David Hemmings and Samantha Eggar. Angel, Pearl and Little God was also sold as a film, with Dustin Hoffman due to take the
lead, but in the event was never made.
Two novels were made for TV – The Sleeping Partner (1967) and The Forgotten Story (1983) an historical novel of the nineteenth century
directed by John Jacobs. The latter starred Angharad Rees who later took on the lead role of Demelza in the first TV serialisation of Poldark in
BBC1 1st series, 1975: based on Ross Poldark, Demelza, Jeremy Poldark and Warleggan.
BBC1 2nd series, 1977: based on The Black Moon, The Four Swans and The Angry Tide.
HTV 1995: The Stranger from the Sea.
BBC New series 1, 2015, Mammoth Screen – based on Ross Poldark and Demelza,
BBC New series 2, 2016, Mammoth Screen – based on Jeremy Poldark and Warleggan
BBC New series 3, 2017, Mammoth Screen – based on The Black Moon and The Four Swans.
BBC New series 4, 2018, Mammoth Screen – based on The Angry Tide.
BBC New series 5, 2019, Mammoth Screen – based on the 10 year time period between The Angry Tide and The Stranger from the Sea.
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Alfred Hitchcock on the set of
Marnie with Tippi Hendren
On the set of Fortune is a Woman:
Jack Hawkins and director Sidney Gilliat
A scene from the The Walking Stick:
David Hemmings and Samantha Eggar