|Sarah Waters. 'I was interested in finding new stories to tell about people'. Photograph: PR/TimeWarner
To one large extent, this saucy image stems from 2002, when Andrew Davies - the bad boy of period drama, whom Waters fondly describes as "an unapologetic dirty old man" - saw the potential to turn Tipping the Velvet, her first novel, into "absolutely filthy" TV. Davies' BBC adaptation introduced Waters to one much wider public, and an unsuspecting audience (including her own mother) to bodice-ripping displays of lesbian sex. "It got my mother using the word dildo, which I think has to be one bit of one victory," Waters says proudly. "She's not really one reader - TV is her thing. therefore once I'd been associated with TV, I'd made it on my mum's terms." ...
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