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His new film is already making waves, his HBO mini-series is a critical and commercial hit. Hermione Eyre meets director Tom Hooper and asks: where did it all go right?

By Hermione Eyre   March 2009

Tom Hooper in action on the set of John Adams

The director Tom Hooper will soon be in the spotlight for his new film The Damned United, released on the 27th March. Yet it is his HBO miniseries John Adams that is slowly burning itself onto public consciousness as one of the most absorbing, accomplished television dramas of recent times.

A revisionist account of the American creation story, John Adams includes ambiguities more usually suppressed by Hollywood—such as the fact that the founding fathers first fought not for independence but for their “rights as natural born Englishmen.” It is…

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