The common denominator of all his urgent modern parables - even his adaptations of Great Expectations and Crime and Punishment - is the flawed hero who journeys towards some form of redemption. In America they schmaltzily call it the learning minute. It's a bit more visceral with Marchant.
"I'm a very lapsed Catholic," he says. "I suppose my interest in redemption must be a bit of me that I can't quite get rid of. Plus there's the very prosaic reason that if you are going to put people through three hours of shit, you need to give them something at the other end."
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Award-winning TV writer Tony Marchant, interviewed by Jasper Rees in The Daily Telegraph.