Gwyneth Hughes  seven-part adaptation of Vanity Fair has started filming with Olivia Cooke as Becky and is directed by James Strong. Filming finishes at the end of January 2018 and will be shown on ITV later in the year. Her version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be repeated on  17 December 2017 on BBC4.  Penny Woolcock’s   production of The Pearl Fishers at Los Angeles Opera received standing ovations when it opened in October and she has started pre-production on the second series of Ackley Bridge for the Forge/C4.
Michael Eaton’s book: Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend  has now been published and he has recently dramatised  Murder on the Orient Express for Audible

In theatre,  Philip Meeks’ Murder Margaret and Me opens at Salisbury Playhouse on 1 February 2018 and runs until 24 February. Pearse Elliott’s The Holy Holy Bus continues to bring in sell-out audiences in Ireland

James Lovelock has written the introduction to The Earth and I, a beautifully produced book by Taschen inspired by his idea of creating a book that would gather essential knowledge about the intricacies of the earth and the human species to help future generations to navigate their surroundings and avoid repeating mistakes of previous civilizations. Contributors include Martin Rees, EO Wilson, John Gray and Bryan urgent essay uk Appleyard