The Secret World of Lewis Carroll

“For fans of both literature and scandal The Secret World of Lewis Carroll was an excellent programme….[a] wonderfully engaging portrait.” The Daily Telegraph

“An excellent, and possibly revelatory documentary about Lewis Carroll.” Andrew Billen, The Times

“This gorgeous journey into the English heartland showed us again the wonders of Carroll’s surreal and truthful masterpiece.” The Arts Desk

It’s a timeless classic of children’s literature and the third most-quoted book in English after the Bible and Shakespeare. But what lies behind the extraordinary appeal of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland? To mark the 150th anniversary of its publication, this documentary explores the life and imagination of the man who wrote it, the Reverend Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll.

Broadcaster and journalist Martha Kearney delves into the biographies of both Carroll and of the young girl Alice Liddell, who inspired his most famous creation. Kearney’s lifelong passion for Carroll’s work began when, as a young girl, she starred as Alice in her local village play.

She discusses the book with a range of experts, biographers and distinguished cultural figures, from the actor Richard E Grant to children’s author Philip Pullman, and explores with them the mystery of how a retiring, buttoned-up and meticulous mathematics don, who spent almost his entire life within the cloistered confines of Christ Church Oxford, was able to capture the world of childhood in such a captivating way.

Martha places Carroll’s pioneering work in the context of the Victorian imagination, where a fascination with the innocence of young girls was widespread, and goes on to explore the true nature of the relationship between Lewis Carroll and the Liddell family, uncovering the surviving clues in a piece of forensic literary detective work.

Watch a preview clip here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hhdqb

1 x 1 Hour for BBC2

Distributed by All3Media International

 

Gareth Malone’s Christmas …

Transmitting at 9pm on Christmas Eve, BBC2 Christmas is a time for family, but across the UK this year more than 400,000 NHS workers will be giving up time with …

Read More   >

The Last Igloo

Transmitting at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve, BBC4 “Forget thrilling dramas, this is television guaranteed to make you tingle.” The Times The igloo is thought …

Read More   >

Grayson Perry’s American …

Coming soon… In this very personal three-part documentary travelogue, award-winning artist and social commentator Grayson Perry is going to travel across the …

Read More   >
 

My Famous Babysitter

Professor Green, Rachel Riley, Anita Rani and Georgia Toffolo are the star names featuring in W‘s new commission My Famous Babysitter (4×60′). …

Read More   >

TV’s Black Renaissance: …

“Reggie Yates travels to LA for an intelligent think-piece in which he meets a new wave of black actors, writers and showrunners…The best documentary …

Read More   >

The Curry House Kid

Click here to watch Nominated – Presenter of the Year (Akram Khan), Grierson Awards 2019 Winner – Best TV Show (Factual), 2019 Asian Media Awards Nominated …

Read More   >
 

Me, My Selfie and I with …

“The most intelligent programme of the week…Stunning.” The Guardian “Rangy and provocative.” The Sunday Times “A fascinating journey.” The …

Read More   >

Lost Boys?: What’s …

Nominated – Best TV Show (Factual), 2018 Asian Media Awards “Informed, thorough and provocative, Baig’s report was full of hard answers…an object …

Read More   >

Grayson Perry: Rites of …

Nominated – BAFTA, 2019 Television Awards (Specialist Factual) Nominated – Best Specialist Factual, Broadcast Awards 2019 Watch all four episodes here …

Read More   >
 

Working Class White Men

Highly Commended – Presenter of the Year (Professor Green), Grierson Awards 2018 “An astute and sensitive piece of programme-making…In Professor …

Read More   >