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The Song of Lunch (2010)

A London publisher recounts a lunchtime reunion with a former lover, in poetic monologue.

Director:

Niall MacCormick

Writers:

Niall MacCormick (adapted for television by), Christopher Reid
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alan Rickman ... He
Emma Thompson ... She
Andi Soric Andi Soric ... Waiter
Siubhan Harrison ... Waitress
Joseph Long ... Massimo
Georgina Sutcliffe ... Young She
Christopher Grimes Christopher Grimes ... Young He
Jamie Baughan ... Noisy Boy
Orlando Brooke ... Noisy Boy
David Hayler David Hayler ... Noisy Boy
Simon Killick ... Noisy Boy
Oscar Ward Oscar Ward ... Noisy Boy
James Richard Marshall ... Debauched Publishing Type
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Tennant ... Himself - Host
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Storyline

An existential parable of a wistful journey to ones heady youth with the excitement and bitterness of that time trapped in the mind. A former romance is re-evaluated by the rose coloured filter of time but confronted by the present. Time has moved on but the past has trapped the author. Written by Gerard Hosier

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Song of Lunch See more »

Filming Locations:

Tottenham, London, England, UK

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Production Co:

Masterpiece See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The photo on the dust jacket of female character's husband's book is one of actor Greg Wise, Emma Thompson's real life husband. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #14.45 (2010) See more »

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The pain of lunch
8 October 2010 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Christopher Reed's poem 'The Song of Lunch' is brought brilliantly to life here by Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, two fine actors and, though like most actors they sometimes waste time (and make money, no doubt) in rubbish, here we see them both at the top of their games. Rickman has the harder role, since he also has to narrate the verse; but Thompson handles herself excellently opposite him, never attempting to claim a larger space than is available but filling what is there perfectly. The story is a classic male tragedy, of a drunken middle-aged man whose awareness of his own increasing unattractiveness is a self-fulfilling prophesy; but the observation and psychology are razor sharp, and the words clear and cutting. It could be thought a bold move to dramatise a poem; but with this level of quality at all levels, perhaps the success of this project was never really in doubt.


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