Tolkien Remembered

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Profile of the author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973). Includes interviews with two of his children, his biographer and publisher as well as material from the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.





Film type:

Colour / Sound




Central Television

Master format:

1 Inch Type C


Interviewees are Humphrey Carpenter (Tolkien biographer); Priscilla Tolkien (daughter); John Tolkien (son); Rayner Unwin (publisher); Professor Tom Shippey (Leeds University); and Paul Gregory (an artist inspired by the works of Tolkien). Each contributor discusses the life and work of the author John Tolkien (J. R. R. Tolkien) who is best known as the writer of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. They touch on Tolkien's early life in Birmingham and his later life in Oxford. There is extensive use of archive stills. We also see shots of Oxford and the exterior of Tolkien's house in the city. Tolkien's continuing popularity after his death is illustrated with clips from an animated version of The Lord of the Rings and we also see a group of children in a school playing a Tolkien video game on a Sinclair computer.


Central would like to thank:
Central Library, Birmingham
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Executors of the J. R. R. Tolkien Estate
George Allen & Unwin (Publishers) Ltd
The Light Hall School, Shirley, West Midlands
Oxford City Council
The Master and Fellows of Pembroke College Oxford
Smethwick Library
Christopher Tolkien

Readers - Marise Hepworth, Stehen Grief
Camera - Dave Hutchins, Noel Smart
Sound - Mel Marr, Ron Shepherd
Production Assistants - Jenny Homer, Jenny Wright
Rostrum Camera - Ken Morse, Gerry Walters
Dubbing Mixer - Colin Martin
Film Editor - Ken Jones
Researcher - Martyn Clayden
Production - Jim Berrow, Ken Jones, Alan Wallis


Production number 3651/84.