Adapting the Novel for Film & TV

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Adapting the Novel for Film & TV

Date: (awaiting dates)

Duration: 1 day
Capacity: Approx. 12 participants
Fee: £150

If you've ever loved the book more than the film, or the film more than the book - if you've read a novel that you know would make a superb impact on screen - then this is the course for you.

In this newly developed one-day course, producer Lucy Armitage explores how the best TV & film adaptations stay true to the essence of their original text, whilst adding new ingredients to create maximum impact for a whole new audience.

Across a crammed day, we'll delve into a wide range of on-screen adaptations, with examples of the good and the not-so-good. We'll identify techniques to hone in on the core ingredients of a novel, finding the confidence to create new settings, add new ingredients and remove secondary characters/locations. We'll also investigate short story as the ideal launch pad for an adaptation.


  • Explore what makes for a perfect novel when it comes to adaption.
  • Learn how to win the author's blessing and support when adapting their work. 
  • Discuss techniques to ensure that the novel's core characters and characteristics are at the heart of every scene and remain the driving force behind the narrative.
  • Gain the confidence to make revisions and edits to characters and themes, or to suggest something entirely new.
  • Learn how to stress-test your adaptation - ensuring it will satisfy your audience and still remain faithful to your author's intentions.
  • Compare and contrast storytelling and plotting techniques used in successful (and not so successful) adaptations. 

Tutor profile: Lucy Armitage, Freelance Producer and Script Editor

Lucy Armitage's workshops at LFS

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Lucy has developed and produced scripted comedy-drama for  ITV1, BBC3, BBC4, Channel 4 and Sky, and has over 20 years experience as an award-winning TV and radio producer.  

She has developed and produced scripts and adaptations with writers as diverse as Jonathan Coe, Holly Walsh, Kat Sommers, Nick Hornby, John Hegley, Julie Myerson, Derren Litten, David Quantick, Lenny Henry, Jonny Sweet, John O'Farrell and the late great David Nobbs.

Lucy also produces and runs short courses for ScreenSkills, City Lit and City University