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Following the success of his poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", Byron becomes the toast of London.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Campbell Moore ... John Cam Hobhouse
Oliver Milburn ... Scrope Davies
Michael Elwyn ... John Murray
Jonny Lee Miller ... Lord Byron
Philip Glenister ... William Fletcher
Samir Hassan Samir Hassan ... Loukas
George Georgiou ... Turkish Captain
Irena Micijevic Irena Micijevic ... Beautiful Turkish Woman (as Irena Micijevic Rodic)
Stanley Townsend ... Turkish Governor
Tracey Murphy Tracey Murphy ... Bessy
Kate Loustau ... Susan
James Daley James Daley ... Page Boy
Crispin Redman Crispin Redman ... Dandy in Salon
John Hart Dyke John Hart Dyke ... Hollands' Butler
Jane How Jane How ... Lady Holland
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Following the success of his poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", Byron becomes the toast of London.

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Release Date:

22 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Lordos Vyron See more »

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Malta See more »

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(2 parts)

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1.78 : 1
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When Byron tells Miss Milbanke that he "views mathematics from an incomprehensible distance", it is quite clear from the context that he means "an uncomprehending distance". "Incomprehensible" and "uncomprehending" are, of course, not synonyms. See more »

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A poetic failure
11 September 2006 | by benbrae76See all my reviews

I've always been enthusiastic about period dramas, an art form in which the BBC has excelled in the past. This presentation of "Byron" was unbelievable. Unbelievably bad! The script was dreadful, the acting uninspired, and all the characters woefully insipid. Apparently Byron was "mad bad and dangerous to know", and set the ladies hearts all-a-flutter. Not in this production. Here he appeared as a tawdry jumped-up little squirt instead of a passionate hero of womenfolk and the catalyst for the Greek struggle for independence. Being born with a club-foot Byron walked with a limp. This portrayal of the man was just limp all over.

Byron was in reality an arrogant, cruel, egocentric, sexual (actually bisexual) predator, and although handsome and obviously attractive to women, in my opinion a generally loathsome creature who thought nothing of the tears of others he abandoned, both the women who loved him and whom he mostly abused, and his children.

He has been dubbed by some as the ultimate romantic. I find nothing remotely romantic about him. He led a debauched, drunken, chaotic life in the mode of many modern-day pop and film "stars", who have equally misguided beliefs of their own importance, of being do-gooders and/or of being some sort of fighter for the underdog. I haven't much time for those similarly irresponsible idiots either. Byron didn't even see any heroic action in Greece, but died a distinctly nasty unheroic death there, caused mainly by incompetent doctors, and I for one think he deserved it. However somehow he became a catalyst for future action for Greek independence. Lord knows why or how! Thankfully Byron's early death spared us of more of his dreary, hypocritical, and over-revered poetry, and probably saved more women of ignoble treatment at his hands.

I watched the whole two and a half-hours waiting for the production of "Byron" to spark into life. Not a splutter, not even a glimmer. It was utter tedium, if not downright boredom, from start to finish.

In my opinion Byron's works should be flung on the back burner, and this dramatisation of his life should be accorded the same treatment. However I do realise I'll probably be in the minority with my opinions. C'est la vie! I think the BBC lost its nous with this one. Although I detest the man and his works, with a little more effort and research, the production team could have brought him to life, but they didn't even come close to showing the deplorable excuse for a man that was the real Byron.


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