As Cleese said in Clockwise, "It's not the despair.. it's the hope."
Just got the call from Liz to say that despite the BBC's best attempts to persuade, the Joyce estate will not sanction an adaptation of A Portrait - not even a straight one, which was, admittedly, not my favoured option. I was expecting this, but am still incredibly disappointed.
I'm not sure I know what to do to cheer myself up. But must think of something quick.