The A-z Of Dr Johnson - Boswell's Life Of Johnson

Dramatisation by Robin Brooks of James Boswell's biography of Samuel Johnson, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Johnson's birth.

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Young Boswell comes to London to seek out his hero.

He wants to write a biography of the great man 'in scenes', with Johnson's conversation cast as dialogue.

Nothing quite like this has ever been attempted before.

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Boswell visits Johnson only intermittently, but relies on him more and more.

Johnson meets Hester Thrale, who becomes his devoted friend and confidante, and the most important person in his life.

Samuel Johnson....Kenneth Cranham

James Boswell....Paul Higgins

Hester Thrale....Annabelle Dowler

David Garrick....David Hargreaves

Mrs Desmoulins....Susan Jameson

Joshua Reynolds....Matt Addis

Dilly....Stephen Hogan

Wilkes....Philip Fox

Directed by Claire Grove.

Johnson meets Hester Thrale, who becomes his devoted friend and confidante.