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Original works by screenwriter Andrew Davies released to mark his 80th birthday

Published 20/09/2016

The works will be available on the BBC Store
The works will be available on the BBC Store

Rarely-seen original works by acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies are to be released to mark his 80th birthday.

Davies' earliest available drama from 1970 - Is That Your Body, Boy? - which has not been broadcast for 46 years, will be available on the BBC Store from Tuesday.

The collection will also feature The Water Maiden from 1974 and comedy Ball Trap on the Cote Sauvage which is set on a French campsite and stars Zoe Wanamaker.

The former schoolteacher's first BBC drama, Who's Going To Take Me On? from 1967, will not feature as part of the collection after it went missing from the organisation's archive.

Davies, who is famous for his raunchy interpretations of classics, is currently adapting Victor Hugo's Les Miserables for a BBC six-part series.

The collection, titled Andrew Davies: Originals, features all of the writer's own creations rather than his literary adaptations.

The War and Peace screenwriter said: "I'm delighted and proud. They were written by a much younger Andrew Davies. But most of all I'm thrilled and very interested to see what people make of them."

The digital anthology, which also includes Fearless Frank, Getting Hurt, Inappropriate Behaviour and several others, will be available to buy from the BBC store from Tuesday.

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