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RS Thomas: The Man Who Went into the West

When Byron Rogers decided to write the biography of RS Thomas, he knew his subject was a man of contradictions. After all, the 'ogre of Wales' wrote some of the best love poetry of his time. But Rogers' journey to uncover the man behind the stone face was unexpectedly humorous.

In this documentary, he recreates that journey, meeting friends and parishioners of Thomas and his only son Gwydion, who talks candidly about his relationship with his father. He also recalls some extraordinary moments such as the time Richard Burton and Liz Taylor requested a meeting with Thomas where, at the rather awkward lunch that followed, the poet quizzed Taylor on her favourite types of flat fish. Contributors also include Dr Rowan Williams and poet Twm Morys.

40 minutes

Last on

Fri 29 Mar 2013 22:30
BBC Two Wales


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerJudith Winnan
DirectorCatrin Mair Thomas
ProducerCatrin Mair Thomas