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Films and TV

Many of H.E. Bates books have been made into films and TV adaptations and continue to do so to this day. Who could forget the The Darling Buds of May starring David Jason, Pam Ferris and Catherine Zeta Jones which proved popular Saturday evening viewing in the early Nineties, or Love For Lydia with Mel Martin in the Seventies. Then, most recently, My Uncle Silas starring Albert Finney and Sue Johnston.

But before these recent popular adaptations, Bates' stories were turned into movies or TV programmes starring the likes of Gregory Peck, Glenda Jackson, Oilver Reed and Jeremy Irons ... not a bad line-up!

Today, Bates' books are still being considered for translation into film - watch this space for any exciting news as and when it happens.

Pictured below: Bates with David Lean at The Granary (c. 1955) and with Gregory Peck at Pinewood Studios while filming The Purple Plain in 1953.

Gregory Peck and David Lean with Bates

The Loves of Joanna Godden Dir. Charles Frend 1947
The Day of Glory BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1951
The Purple Plain Dir. Robert Parrish 1954
Summertime Dir. David Lean 1955
The Mating Game
based on "Darling Buds of May"
Dir. George Marshall 1959
Night Run to the West Dir. Peter Potter 1960
An Aspidistra in Babylon Dir. Tania Lieven 1965
Mirtis Ir Vysnios Medis
based on "Death and the Cherry Tree"
Dir. Arünas Zebriünas 1968
Achilles the Donkey (Jackanory) Dir. Angela Beeching 1970
Dulcima Dir. Frank Nesbitt 1971
The Triple Echo Dir. Michael Apted 1972
The Mill Dir. Donald McWhinnie 1972
The Little Farm Dir. Silvio Narizzano 1973
The Ring of Truth Dir. Donald McWhinnie 1973
The Four Beauties Dir. Donald McWhinnie 1973
Nachtroute Brussel
based on "Night Run to the West"
Dir. Kris Betz 1974
A Great Day for Bonzo Dir. Michael Apted 1974
Love for Lydia Dir. Tony Wharmby et al 1977
A Moment in Time Dir. Renny Rye 1979
Fair Stood the Wind for France Dir. Martyn Friend 1980
The Darling Buds of May Dir. Rodney Bennett et al 1991-1993
A Month by the Lake Dir. John Irvin 1995
Feast of July Dir. Christopher Menaul 1995
Under Solen
based on "The Little Farm"
Dir. Colin Nutley 1995
My Uncle Silas Dir. Tom Clegg 2001-2003