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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Simon Armitage goes on a journey to discover the language and landscape of the Arthurian romance, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and finds modern relevance in its hero's trials.

Simon Armitage goes on a journey to discover the language and landscape of our first great Arthurian romance, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. For JRR Tolkien, Gawain is 'a fairy tale for adults', but Armitage finds strong modern relevance in the trials of its stripling hero and a tale of do or die. A marvel of the imagination, Armitage argues that Gawain must take its place alongside Chaucer and Shakespeare at the head of the canon.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 9 Nov 2018 00:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:07

    Mansun

    The Chad Who Loved Me

  • 00:15

    Joy Division

    Atmosphere

  • 00:22

    Jeff Buckley

    Hallelujah

  • 00:23

    The Cure

    A Forest

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Simon Armitage
Producer Tim Dunn
Director Tim Dunn
Series Producer Mary Sackville-West

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