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While continuing to work in the theater, David Hare turned to television in 1973 to write and produce Man Above Men for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), followed by Licking Hitler, which Hare authored and directed for the BBC in 1978, Dreams of Leaving (1980), and Saigon: Year of the Cat (1983). In 1985, Hare adapted his play Plenty for the motion-picture screen and also wrote and directed Wetherby, which some critics regarded as a better film than Plenty. Wetherby demonstrated that Hare could work effectively in the medium of film as a total artist. Other Hare films are Paris by Night (1988) and Strapless (1989). He directed the film of Wallace Shawn’s The Designated Mourner in 1997.