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Watch: Leslie Megahey talks about “Tolkien in Oxford”

We had the great honour of hosting Tolkien in Oxford producer Leslie Megahey at our Annual Dinner back in April. Watch as he talks about making the film, and meeting and working with J.R.R. Tolkien.

As the producer of the BBC documentary, Megahey spent two days working and filming with J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien in Oxford was first shown on BBC 2 on 30 March 1968, and is one of the few television shows (and recorded interviews) featuring Tolkien himself.

Although Tolkien confessed in a letter to Donald Swann that he wasn’t entirely happy with the documentary, he did refer to the producer – Megahey – as “a very nice, very young man and personally equipped with some intelligence and insight“.

Please note that large portions of the video have had the audio removed as parts of the speech involved the playing of various clips from Tolkien in Oxford and off-cuts from the shoot. The BBC granted permission to show the footage on the night, but not to be re-broadcast in any form.

About the Author: Daniel Helen
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