On BBC Radio 4’s “Open Book”, Victoria talks to Mariella Frostrup about the themes and the history behind her new novel “The Thread”, about her love of Greece, sewing costumes on the set of the TV adaptation of “The Island” and about why, despite her bestselling books, she still doesn’t call herself a novelist…
Victoria spent a considerable amount of time on the set of “Το Νησί”, the MEGATV adaptation of “The Island” for Greek television, contributing to the storylines (there are a number of characters and plot threads that do not appear in the novel), script editing, even helping to sew costumes for the series. These photos show her on the set with the cast, and in make-up, preparing for a small bit-part in the series as a patient suffering from leprosy. Victoria’s husband, writer and satirist Ian Hislop, also appears in the series as the father of Alexis – the only English character – though in the series he speaks his dialogue in Greek.
The phenomenal success of the Greek TV production “This Island” (To Nisi) continues. The 26 part series has now been sold in a number of countries and is currently being broadcast in neighbouring Turkey. Broadcast rights for the production have been sold to half a dozen countries including Germany, Cyprus and Croatia,
Victoria visited the set of the production during filming and even played a walk-on part in the adaptation. The series, which has been critically acclaimed in the press, has beaten all records for TV viewing in Greece, with almost 70% of the population tuning in to follow Victoria’s moving, harrowing story. For production photos, videos and behind-the-scenes footage of filming, click here.
“Το Νησί”, Mega TV’s adaptation of “The Island” is ‘a phenomenon’.
“Το Νησί” premiered on October 11th to record ratings and critical acclaim. The 26-part series is one of the most expensive television shows in Greek television history. The book was adapted by Mirella Papaeconomou and, with Victoria’s permission fleshed our stories and characters. Victoria actively participated in the process with ideas, suggestions, and observations. Below is a trailer of “To Nisi”, subtitled in English.
Episode 1 of “Το Νησί” set record ratings for a series with a share rating amounting to 61.7%, meaning approximately six out of every ten viewers watching television at the time were watching; vieing figures rose for the second episode, setting another new record. The series has earned considerable acclaim for its touching, atmospheric cinematography, solid acting, exceptional direction, and stunning set design. Marianna Tziantzi of “Kathimerini” predicted the series will be the television phenomenon of the year
Bestselling author Victoria Hislop rejects an offer from Hollywood to turn her debut novel into a blockbuster.
Keen to preserve the integrity of the book and to give something back to the Mediterranean island on which it is based, Hislop has instead allowed one of Greece’s main television channels to dramatise her story for a fraction of the fee. Since its publication in 2005, The Island has sold more than 1m copies in Britain alone, won several awards and been translated into more than a dozen languages, including Greek.
The popularity of the novel in America led to Hislop, 50, being courted by several film studios. “Some were offering me high six-figure dollar sums for the rights,” said Hislop, whose follow-up novel, The Return, set in Spain, has also been a success.
After spurning Hollywood, the author settled for “far less” from Mega, the Greek broadcaster, which is turning The Island into a 26-part drama that has just started filming. “I really don’t mind,” said Hislop. “What I wanted, and will now get, is a chance to have a say in the TV series. (full story at The Times)
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