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When I worked as an arts editor, the story I was offered most frequently (far exceeding suggestions that I pay for X to interview Michelle Pfeiffer in Los Angeles or for Y to cover the Cannes Film Festival) was a piece on adapting novels into screenplays. I don't know what it is about this subject but no one seems immune to its dubious charms - it was as if freelance journalists had been possessed by some unseen force and at particularly bad times of the year the offer would be coming in two or three times a week.

Transports of delight, and of distress : THE CRITICS : Television

BBC2 boldly rejigged Thursday evening to accommodate Sir Georg Solti and Richard Eyre's heart-stopping new production of La Traviata. Live from Covent Garden, the acts were slotted between scheduled programmes. During one of the breaks, a breathle ss young man called Quen-tin appeared on the screen and gave an accurate appreciation of Angela Gheorghiu's Violetta: "Drop-dead gorgeous and exquisite, it belongs in the hall of all-time greats." Nice to see a lad from Top Gear responding to one perform ance that can't be measured from 0 to 60. But Quentin, it emerged, was singing the praises of another peerless foreign beauty that can transport your senses to heaven while your body stays squidged in a plush red seat. And at £30,000 the 1970s Ferrari Di no won't set you back much more than a Garden stall.
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