MASTERPIECE: TOM JONES featuring Gwyneth Hughes

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PBS Books, in collaboration with GBH, is pleased to host a conversation with Executive Producer and Writer of “Tom JonesGwyneth Hughes. “Tom Jones” will premiere on MASTERPIECE on PBS stations across the country on Sunday, April 30 at 9pm. Join us and learn about this eighteenth century classic story still resonate today with humorous elements through an interview with Gwyneth Hughes. We’ll hear her about her work and her favorite elements.


This four-part television miniseries reimagines “The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling”, Henry Fielding’s classic novel. A picaresque story of the title character’s complicated journey to find real love, “Tom Jones” has delighted and scandalized readers since it was originally published in 1749. Solly McLeod (“The Rising”) stars as the hero Tom, alongside Sophie Wilde (“You Don’t Know Me”) as the heroine Sophia Western. Written by Gwyneth Hughes (“Vanity Fair,” “Miss Austen Regrets”), “Tom Jones” is directed by Georgia Parris (“Mari”) and produced by Benjamin Greenacre. For more information visit:


Gwyneth Hughes was born in London. She studied Russian at Sussex University, becoming a newspaper reporter on the Sheffield Morning Telegraph. Gwyn’s first job in television was on the Yorkshire Television regional newsdesk.

From there she became a Bafta-nominated documentary director specializing in history and true crime, and began her move from factual into drama on episodes. Her original thriller mini-series “Five Days,” and her Tippi Hedren biopic “The Girl,” were both nominated for the Baftas and the Golden Globes. Her classic dramatizations include “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Vanity Fair,” and “Miss Austen Regrets.” Gwyn is currently writing about the most widespread miscarriage of justice in British history, affecting the lives of hundreds of village postmasters. She lives with her husband in North Yorkshire.

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