Prospero Ariel.

Prospero, Ariel, Reith And Gill

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 1 episode in 2010. Stars Tim McInnerny, Anton Lesser, Jon Glover, David Seddon, Stephen Darcy, Tina Gray and Alison Pettitt.

Prospero, Ariel, Reith And Gill

Comedy drama starring Tim McInnerny as Sir John Reith, the first Director General of the BBC

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2010
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
1
Starring
Tim McInnerny, Anton Lesser, Jon Glover, David Seddon, Stephen Darcy, Tina Gray and Alison Pettitt
Writer
Gary Brown
Director
Peter Leslie Wild
Producer
Peter Leslie Wild

This comedy drama is a fictional account of artist Eric Gill's clash with the Corporation over his famous sculpture of Prospero and Ariel.

Gill became quite a celebrity as he carved the statue in situ on scaffolding in front of Broadcasting House. In his trademark smock and beret, he drew the attention of the tabloid papers and became known as the Married Monk. This play imagines conversations between the BBC Director General Sir John Reith and the artist as he passes him on his way into Broadcasting House each morning.

Framed with a period newsreel-style commentary, the comedy playfully deals with the perennial tension between the establishment and the artist. The strange and mysterious Gill contrasts with the authoritarian figure of Reith but, in the end, the sculpture focuses their thoughts about the role of art in the life of mankind.

Production Details

Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 9th June 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
Episode length
45 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 25th May 2012 at 2:15pm