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Arena: According to Beryl


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A one-off film in which author Beryl Bainbridge chronicles the extraordinary relationship during the 18th century between Samuel Johnson and Hester Thrale, the wife of rich London brewer Henry Thrale, which forms the basis for her latest novel, According to Queeney.
Johnson lived with the Thrales for most of the last 20 years of his life, during which time Hester nursed him through his bouts of melancholia and gout - until she ran off with her daughter Queeney's Italian singing teacher.
Jim Carter and Susannah Harker read extracts from letters Johnson and Mrs Thrale wrote to each other. Beth Goddard and Bainbridge herself read from According to Queeney.
Director Udayan Prasad; Producer Anthony Wall


Unknown: Beryl Bainbridge
Unknown: Samuel Johnson
Unknown: Hester Thrale
Unknown: Henry Thrale
Unknown: Jim Carter
Unknown: Suzannah Harker
Unknown: Mrs Thrale
Unknown: Beth Goddard
Producer: Anthony Wall

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