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Screenplay: Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles


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Robbie Coltrane and John Sessions star as Dr Samuel Johnson and nis companion, biographer and fellow-writer James Boswell , in this irreverent account of their journey to the Hebrides in 1773. Johnson was already elderly and unfit, and their travels took them into a wild environment, far from the comparative comforts of literary London. During this arduous expedition the pair both kept journals, and these loosely form the basis of John Byrne's Screenplay, the last In the series.
Byrne, author of the acclaimed music-based series Tutti Frutti (in which Coltrane also starred) and Your Cheatin' Heart, has taken some historical liberties in bringing his two heroes to life in this warm, atmospheric portrait which marks his debut as a director.
Producer Nicholas Barton
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Meet Robbie Coltrane and John Sessions on location


Unknown: Robbie Coltrane
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Unknown: Dr Samuel Johnson
Unknown: James Boswell
Unknown: John Byrne
Producer: Nicholas Barton
Unknown: Robbie Coltrane
Unknown: John Sessions
Dr Johnson: Robbie Coltrane
James Boswell: John Sessions
Joseph: Leo Sho-Silva
Lady MacDonald: Celia Imrie
Coll: Tony Halfpenny
Sir Aeneas MacPherson: Alan David
LadyMacPherson: Carol MacReady
Caroline MacPherson: Joanne Thirsk
Miss Campbell: Penelope McGhie
Captain MacLeod: Mark Anstee
Dr Reid: Ian Dury
McLeod of Raasay: Donald MacNeill

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Screenplay: Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles

BBC Two England, 27 October 1993 21.25

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