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.
|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|
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|
based on "The Little Farm"
|Dir. Colin Nutley||1995|
|My Uncle Silas||Dir. Tom Clegg||2001-2003|