Alfred Lord Tennyson (RICHARD JOHNSON) spent half a century mourning his college pal Arthur Hallam. And laboured for decades on an epic poetic tribute to him. So, in DAVID POWNALL's wry comedy, when inventor and businessman Thomas Edison (TOBY STEPHENS) – a very different kind of genius – asks Tennyson for a short poem to promote his new phonograph, there can only be one choice.
Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jg8nm
Lord Alfred Tennyson ….. Richard Johnson
Thomas Edison ….. Toby Stephens
Emily and Queen Victoria ….. Sian Thomas
Steigler ….. Sam Alexander
Arthur ….. Carl Prekopp
Hallam ….. Patrick Brennan
Sheela Na Gig ….. Tracy Wiles
Verger ….. Robert Blythe
Directed by Peter Kavanagh.