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Samuel Johnson: The Dictionary Man

Drama-documentary telling the story of Samuel Johnson's creation of the first English dictionary, in an attic room just off Fleet Street in Georgian London. The depressive writer-for-hire with Tourette's syndrome did for the English language what Newton had done for the stars, classifying words, fixing their meaning and bringing order to the chaos of language. It took him nine years, but in the process an anonymous writer became a literary superstar.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 19 Sep 2009 23:10


Role Contributor
Dr JohnsonRoger Ashton-Griffiths
DirectorRichard Alwyn
WriterRichard Alwyn
ProducerPaul Kerr
Executive ProducerDenman Rooke