'House of Cards' Writer Andrew Davies to Be Honored by U.K.'s Broadcasting Press Guild

6:00 AM PST 03/26/2014 by Stuart Kemp
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"House of Cards"

The scribe, who adapted the series starring Kevin Spacey for Netflix, will be awarded the Harvey Lee Award for an outstanding contribution to broadcasting at an event March 28.

LONDON – TV dramatist Andrew Davies, whose adaptations of House of Cards, Pride and Prejudice and Bleak House became worldwide hits, is to be honored by the Broadcasting Press Guild.

Davies will be awarded the Harvey Lee Award for an outstanding contribution to broadcasting at the 40th Broadcasting Press Guild Awards lunch March 28.

The ceremony, at the Theater Royal Drury Lane, is sponsored by the Discovery Channel, which celebrates its own 25th anniversary this year.

The BPG Awards are selected independently by journalists who write about TV and radio -- correspondents, critics and previewers -- who make up the membership.

Davies, who won a BPG best writer award in 1993, has created more BPG award-winning programs than anyone else in the Guild's 40-year history.

He first made his name with contemporary dramas for the BBC such as A Very Peculiar Practice (1986/88), Mother Love (1989) and House of Cards (1990), from the novel by Michael Dobbs.

Netflix is exclusive streaming the U.S. version of House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey.

Davies also adapted a string of classic costume dramas, beginning with Pride and Prejudice in 1995 starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, for the BBC.

It won the BPG award the following year for best drama series and Firth was named best actor.

Davies' adaptations also include BPG award winners Wives and Daughters, The Way We Live Now, Othello and Bleak House, starring Charles Dance and Gillian Anderson.

He currently is working on Mr Selfridge for ITV and adapting War and Peace for the BBC and The Weinstein Company.

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