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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 3, Episode 4 - Chaucer

A comic take on the life of writer Geoffrey Chaucer.

Further details

Join Mark Steel as he charts Chaucer's course through history, his appointments to the royal household, his kidnapping in France, his marrying into the aristocracy, and how through the Canterbury Tales he bequeathed to us the first written sign of an England that we'd recognise today.

Broadcast details

Thursday 16th March 2006
BBC Four
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Mark Steel Host / Presenter
Martin Hyder Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Jenny Eclair The Wife Of Bath
Geoffrey McGivern The Miller
Writing team
Mark Steel Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer
James Serafinowicz (as James Sezchuan) Writer
Production team
Becky Martin Director
Phil Bowker Producer
Emma De'Ath Executive Producer
Mobashir Dar (as Mob Dar) Executive Producer
Gayle Cope Line Producer
Jon Blow Editor
Geoff Slack Costume Designer
Sarah Burrows Make-up Designer

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