Andrew Davies is one of television's most sought-after writers, commercially successful and critically acclaimed, famous for his adaptations of classic works of literature. A lover of literature, he combined teaching with writing until going full-time in 1987, aged 50. It's a career of amazing versatility spanning 40 years, which has also seen him work on a number of original plays and works, programmes for children and sitcoms. To name a few highlights- the 1990s saw Davies adapt George Eliot's Middlemarch and Austen's Pride and Prejudice both for the BBC and Moll Flanders for ITV. In the 2000s Tipping the Velvet, Vanity Fair and The Way We Live Now were all for the BBC.