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Tolkien TV Documentary to be Broadcast

Sky Arts is to broadcast a TV documentary on Tolkien on Sunday 14th April at 9pm [BST].

Information from the Sky website: Documentary exploring the surprising personality of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings writer, the birth of his epic tales and their huge success worldwide.  

Preview by David Brown for Radio Times:

Those who wend their way to Middle-earth often find an inviting home there, be they the hippies who embraced Tolkien’s books, the film fans who loved the epic scale of the movies or those – like me – who first discovered The Lord of the Rings through the atmospheric Radio 4 adaptation starring Michael Hordern and Ian Holm.

So, as Game of Thrones begins its final series, here’s a timely reminder that George RR Martin doesn’t quite have the monopoly on fantasy worlds.  Though academics do wonder whether the success of Tolkien’s stories means that their literary merits have been lost on that journey from page to screen.  (Radio Times, 13-19 April 2019, p.55.)

Thanks to Marcel Aubron-Bülles and Andrew Ferguson who have shown that this is a Canadian programme produced in 2013.  More details of the film may be seen here

 

 

About the Author: Michael Flowers
I am a self-employed wildlife guide. I take people to beautiful places to learn about their local nature. I've been reading Tolkien from the age of 9, and have recently become interested in Tolkien's time in East Yorkshire during WW1. I completed a Masters degree from the University of Sheffield in the Victorian Ghost Stories of Ellen [Mrs Henry] Wood.