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BBC Radio 4 - Archive on 4 Tolkien: The Lost Recordings
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This will be broadcast at 8pm (GMT+1) on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday the 6th August 2016

You can listen worldwide.

"Joss Ackland narrates a search through BBC archives for unheard gems from JRR Tolkien, as Oxford Academic, Dr Stuart Lee, discovers the unbroadcast offcuts from an interview given by the author.

Tolkien gave the interview for a BBC film in 1968, but only a tiny part of it was used in the broadcast programme. It was one of only a handful of recorded interviews he gave, and was also to be his last.

Dr Lee's search for the unbroadcast rushes takes him to the depths of the BBC film archives, and back to the making of the original film Tolkien in Oxford.

For the director Lesley Megahey, only 23 at the time, this was his first film, and the one that launched a prestigious career. The programme reunites him with three others - researcher Patrick O'Sullivan, Tolkien fan Michael Hebbert, and critic Valentine Cunningham who describes how he was brought in to be the voice of dissent challenging the burgeoning Tolkien cult spreading from America.

What emerges is a picture of a playful academic, whose fiction was little respected by adults at the time and looked down on as a lesser form of literature. But he is robustly defended by Professor Tom Shippey and remembered fondly by his colleague Dr Roger Highfield.

Stuart Lee presents the results of his search through the archives to Dr Dimitra Fimi who considers any new words from Tolkien's mouth as 'gold'. While, for Dr Lee, the real dragon's hoard is the privilege of hearing Tolkien in relaxed mode reflecting on his life as never before.

Producers: Anna Scott-Brown and Adam Fowler
An Overtone production for BBC Radio 4.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07mvd5z

Posted on: 2016/7/29 0:34


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Have listened to this now, and have only just got over my 'staggerment', that the BBC have managed to make the same mistake twice now, once with Tolkien in Oxford and now with Tolkien: The Lost Recordings, and that is to have hardly any of Tolkien in the episodes.

To be fair, he is in Tolkien in Oxford quite a bit, but in the Radio 4 programme, the lost recordings played are less than five minutes in an hour programme.

This is another wasted opportunity by the BBC, though the five minutes that Tolkien does talk on the programme were great.

I also think this a BBC editorial decision, as was the bizarre use of Joss Ackland's strange childish narration throughout, does not reflect in any way, on the academics who appeared on the programme.

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We had a sinking feeling as soon as Joss Ackland began his bizarre and wholly unnecessary 'narration', but kept hoping that, well, they would finish with 'the making of Tolkien in Oxford' and get on to the 'lost recordings'. Most annoying was listening to remarks about watching the offcuts - and just how much of Tolkien, in the end, was cut and thus 'lost'? Perhaps the BBC will finally issue a DVD of the 1968 programme with 'deleted scenes'. At least Tom Shippey was incisive and entertaining, as he always is. Little of what we heard by JRRT was new, in the sense of not having been said by him somewhere else.

Looking back at the advertising for this, we see that it was accurate: what was promised was a programme about the 'search for unheard gems', and that's what we got, though of course it's not what we were meant to think we were going to get.

Wayne & Christina

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Joss Ackland sounds heavily drugged.

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Joss Ackland was born on the 29th February 1928, and is 88 years old.

I have to assume that he is on medication for his age, but the BBC should not put out a programme where he sounds heavily drugged and I agree with Stu


Stu wrote:
Joss Ackland sounds heavily drugged.



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