“Tolkien in Oxford” (BBC, 1968): A Reconstruction Stuart D. Lee n 30th March 1968, from 9.50–10.35pm, BBC2 aired the latest O episodes of its TV documentary serR ie els ease (which aimed to explore “the world of films, plays, books, art, and music”). A colour production, which was strikingly new for its time (BBC2 was in fact the first TV channel globally to broadcast in colour), it consisted of two programmes: the first, titled “Suddenly I know what I have to do . . . ,” studied the English sculptress Barbara Hepworth, and the sec- ond (lon ger) episode was titled “Tolkien in Oxford.” The latter was described in the Radio Times of the 28th March (9) as a film “aboT uht e Lord of the Rings.” Quoting in full: In Europe and Asia it’s a school set book. In America it’s a craze bigger than Batman: one million copies sold in 1967 alone. In Britain, a lot of people have never even heard of it. J.R.R. Tolkien, seventy-six, retired Oxford don, talks about his major work. Readers in Oxford try to explain the phenomenon of the lord of the hobbits, the orcs, and the elves. A liter-ary mas terpiece or a pleasant
Tolkien Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Oct 27, 2018
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