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Name  Sarah Phelps
Role  Playwright
Shows  Oliver Twist

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Plays  Modern Dance for Beginners
Movies  Fresh Guacamole, Western Spaghetti, Roof Sex, KaBoom!, Game Over

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Sarah Phelps is a British television, radio, film and freelance playwright and producer. She is best known for her work on EastEnders, a number of BBC serial adaptations including Agatha Christie's The Witness For the Prosecution and And Then There Were None, Charles Dickens's Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy and work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Phelps also wrote for the World Service Soap opera Westway before joining the BBC in 2002.


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Phelps has written over 50 episodes of EastEnders, including the return of Den Watts and his final demise, less than two years later, when he was killed by his wife, Chrissie. A journalist for the British tabloid The Daily Mirror described her as "Enders' best writer". She has written more than 40 episodes of Westway, which won Best Soap Award at the Commission for Racial Equality's Race in the Media Awards (RIMA). She wrote the screenplay for the BBC's 2011 Christmas costume drama adaptation Great Expectations and the drama series The Crimson Field.

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In 2015, a television adaptation of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy was written by Phelps. In the same year, her adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None was broadcast.

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Reviewing the latter for The Daily Telegraph, Tim Martin found that, "The final episode of this bloody adaptation by Sarah Phelps did splendid justice to Christie's lightless universe, presenting an isolated mansion full of leaking corpses, in which the characters – quite understandably – freaked out in ways that no previous adaptation has countenanced." Martin went on to note, "All this couldn't have been further from the teasing restraint of classic adaptations such as René Clair's celebrated Hollywood version from 1945. But Phelps's version felt closer both to the cruelty of Christie's original and to its dramatic intentions. Clair chose to sacrifice the book's murder-suicide conclusion in favour of a romantic clinch, while Christie herself had already ditched it for her stage adaptation in 1943. Phelps kept it in, and this brave decision allowed her adaptation to preserve its cheerless emotional contract with the viewer ... [C]lassily photographed in low light, moonlight and candlelight, and with strong performances from the weighty ensemble cast throughout, it made a strong case for Phelps (best known for her TV adaptations of Oliver Twist and Great Expectations) to be put on seasonal murder duty at the BBC every year."

Phelps' radio work includes Vital Signs II, Cardamom, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and The Compass Rose: A Tattoo Lexicon. Her theatre projects include Tube, Angela Carter, The Subtle Art of Boiling Lobsters, Amaretti Angels and Modern Dance for Beginners.

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