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The Mark Steel Lectures. Mark Steel
The Mark Steel Lectures

The Mark Steel Lectures

  • TV factual / stand-up
  • BBC Four
  • 2002 - 2006
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Series telling the story of some of the world's greatest names, from Byron to Pankhurst, in an accessible, comic manner. Features Mark Steel and Martin Hyder.

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Series 2, Episode 3 - Mary Shelley

A wry look at the life of the author of Frankenstein and teenage goth Mary Shelley.

Further details

Like Dr Frankenstein himself, Mark Steel has taken the cold-cuts of the traditional TV lecture and brought it back to life with passion and electricity. Taking as its subjects both the book for which Mary Shelley is famous and the tragedy-filled life of the woman herself, the programme moves from England to Geneva and back in search of the spark that created the monster.

Almost as if genetically programmed by the pioneering mother she never knew, and on whose grave she consummated her love for the poet Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley created an indestructible legend more relevant today than ever - as Mark Steel discovers with his customary wit and passion. Kenneth Branagh does not feature in this programme.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 19th November 2004
Time
11pm
Channel
BBC Four
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Cast
Mark Steel Host / Presenter
Martin Hyder Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Emma Kennedy Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Mark Steel Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
James Serafinowicz (as James Sezchuan) Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Michael Cumming Director
Jon Rolph Producer
Emma De'Ath Executive Producer
Graham Smith Executive Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Jon Blow Editor
Adrian Conway Editor
Geoff Slack Costume Designer
Sarah Burrows Make-up Designer

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