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 the 1970s.
Ross Poldark, Demelza, Jeremy Poldark, Warleggan (1975) BBC1 1st Series
The Black Moon, The Four Swans, The Angry Tide (1977) BBC1 2nd Series
The Stranger from the Sea (1995) HTV
Ross Poldark, Demelza (2015) Mammoth Screen, BBC 3rd series (new Series I)
Jeremy Poldark, Warleggan (2016) Mammoth Screen, BBC 4th series (new Series II)
The Black Moon, The Four Swans (2017) Mammoth Screen, BBC1 5th series (new Series III)