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Which big screen versions of our favourite books have managed to preserve their essence, even introducing the original text to new audiences? Alexander Armstrong, presenter of Classic FM's Summer Book Club, has a good idea of the ones that work for him.
Based on the novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption was a bit of a slow burner. "After a lukewarm box office reception," says Alexander Armstrong, "it then received various award nominations and critical acclaim that gave it a second life on television and DVD. And now it often appears high up in the ‘Best Movie of All Time’ lists."
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