Letter: Thackeray revisited - and rewritten

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THE WORST thing about the people in charge of TV adaptations of classics is not just that they distort and destroy the work of greater artists than themselves, but that they are unaware of what they are doing. Andrew Davies's travesty of Vanity Fair is matched by absurd casting, acting and direction, and the attempts at defence only make those responsible look worse. If they want a silly Regency story, why don't they write one instead of spoiling a great novel - and missing the point of its title?

NICOLAS WALTER

London N1

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