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Who wrote the original novel of Black Narcissus and has it been filmed before?

The BBC’s latest three-part drama Black Narcissus begins tonight and it’ll no doubt keep us entertained before New Year’s Eve.

The series follows Sister Clodagh (played by Gemma Arterton), the Anglo-Catholic nun who travels to Nepal to set up a branch of her order in the remote palace of Mopu.

But has Black Narcissus already been adapted for the small screen?

We’ve got all the answers below.

Who wrote the original novel of Black Narcissus and has it been filmed before?

The BBC drama Black Narcissus is an adaptation from Bafta award-winning writer Amanda Coe.


The series is based on Rumer Godden’s iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love, which was published in 1939.

In 1947, Godden’s novel was made into a film which was written, produced, and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

The production starred Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, Sabu and David Farrar and it achieved acclaim for its technical mastery, earning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for best cinematography.

Godden wrote more than 60 fiction and nonfiction books during her lifetime. Nine of her works have been made into films.

What is Black Narcissus about?

Black Narcissus is a psychological thriller about a group of nuns as they travel to a remote spot in the Himalayan mountains to set up a branch of their order.

In the unfettered sensuality of the so-called House Of Women, Sister Clodagh finds herself increasingly attracted to the handsome and damaged land agent Mr Dean (Alessandro Nivola).

As the repressed memories of Clodagh’s past become entangled with the tragic history of Princess Srimati (Gianni Gonsalves), to the fascination of troubled Sister Ruth (Aisling Franciosi), history seems doomed to repeat itself.

But are there really ghosts in the Himalayas, or are the incomers succumbing to long-repressed primal desires?

Black Narcissus airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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