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Narnia’s Lost Poet:
The Secret Lives and Loves of C.S. Lewis
 
Narnia’s Lost Poet: The Secret Lives and Loves of C.S. Lewis

1 x 60 min for BBC Four
Broadcast: November 27th, 2013


In this very personal and entertaining film for BBC4, writer AN Wilson goes on the trail of an enigma: CS Lewis. In a film marking the 50th anniversary of his death, AN Wilson will present an intriguing psychological portrait of this seemingly well-known figure - CS Lewis, the world famous author of a best-selling series of children’s books, the religious convert whose popular theological writings are bought and devoured by Christians worldwide. In this film AN Wilson, author of a revelatory biography of CS Lewis, will take a revisionist view and show that behind what we know about CS Lewis, lies another more surprising, intellectual and emotional story. A great medievalist, our first popular critic, an aspiring and yet failed poet, one of the most popular lecturers in Oxford and yet an academic much hated and a man who struggled emotionally to connect to himself or to the 20th century. The film will explore the turning points of Lewis’ life, the death of his mother, his relationship with his friend’s mother ‘Mrs Moore’, his religious conversion, the arrival and untimely death of his wife Joy Gresham. At each point Andrew will visit the significant locations for these periods in Lewis’ life and speak to people with personal connections to Lewis who can give a unique insight into this part of Lewis’ story and biography.


Video Clips
Lewis's Cambridge Lectures   CS Lewis and the Inklings
A. N. Wilson - The Potter - Click to play   Woerlitz Palace - Click to play
AN Wilson visits the Cambridge lecture hall where Lewis engaged with his audience so well that he hit the headlines.   AN Wilson visits the Eagle & Child pub, the Oxford drinking den frequented by the Inklings.

Crew:
Filmed and Directed by:
Ian Denyer
Producer:
Susie Attwood
Executive Producer:
Claire Whalley
Sound:
David Harcombe, Sam Mathewson
Editor:
Hannah Briere-Edney
Production Manager:
Hannah Melia

 


 

“All the links, currents and crosscurrents were delicately evoked rather than determinedly traced by AN Wilson, as is surely proper when it comes to reading the man in his work and the work in the man. It created a beautifully appropriate air of loving respect both for the man and his art.”
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

“Wilson was a thoroughly good host. A man who knows his subject inside out and used what was a comparatively short hour to tell Lewis’s story.”
Will Dean, The Independent

“For someone who knew virtually nothing about Clive Staples Lewis there was plenty to intrigue, from the devastating death of his mother when he was nine to the comforting broadcasts he made in defence of Christianity during the Second World War. All this was delivered with aplomb by Wilson.”
Emma Gosnell, The Telegraph

“There were no fake facts or statistics for ballast, just a vivid sense that Lewis was alive and well inside the imagination of his biographer, AN Wilson. In biography, it’s the fragmentary detail that counts, and Wilson has amassed bagsful.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“It wasn’t so much the secret that was emphasised in Lewis biographer AN Wilson’s film – 50 years after Lewis’s death, I’m not sure there was much revelatory here – but the depth of contrast between the component parts of his life… This compartmentalising was the most fascinating thing.”
Alex Hardy, The Times