Fans of Terry Fallis's Canada Reads-winning satirical political comedy hit The Best Laid Plans
are anticipating the premiere of the new TV mini-series on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV.
Fallis, who worked for years on Parliament Hill as a political strategist, drew upon his experiences -- and disillusionment with Canadian politics -- to write a humorous story following an unlikely federal election candidate, brash Scotsman Angus McLintock, who unexpectedly gets embraced by the public.
"I think the book is translating very well to the small screen," said Fallis in an interview for a behind-the-scenes feature on the TV adaptation. "And the scripts that [screenwriters] Susan Coyne and Jason Sherman have so ably written, I think they capture all those principles that I wanted to illuminate in the novel itself. So I think you'll see it on the screen when you watch the show."
Jonas Chernick, who plays the idealistic but burnt-out political aide tasked with keeping an eye on the bold McLintock, said an actor is always conscious of playing established characters from well-known literary works.
"You feel a responsibility to the writer, first and foremost, and also to the fans of the book," he said. "And this book has a lot of fans."
Stay tuned for a great new contest based on The Best Laid Plans
, which will start Sunday, Jan. 5, to coincide with the premiere. In the meantime, you can watch this behind-the-scenes video about bringing The Best Laid Plans
from the page to the small screen. Also, learn more about how Terry Fallis won Canada Reads 2011
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