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Duration: 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

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Docudrama that recounts the astonishing life story of a forgotten genius, English poet Alexander Pope, who lived from 1688 to 1744. Show more


Emilia Fox
Alexander Pope:
Simon Callow
Duchess of Marlborough:
Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest:
John Cleese
Dr Johnson:
Jeff Rawle
Lord Byron:
Shubham Saraf
Lady Arabella Fermour:
Agatha Elwes
Interviewed Guest:
Felicity Rosslyn
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Hensher
Sophie Bevan
Peter Bevan