Miranda is the narrator of this documentary which celebrates the extraordinary life and work of PG Wodehouse.
Drawing upon extensive research by Robert McCrum, literary editor of The Observer, who is currently writing a new biography of the author, the programme examines Wodehouse’s career as a journalist, author, lyricist and librettist, and explores the reasons for the success of his particular view of England on both sides of the Atlantic.
The programme interweaves surviving TV and radio interviews and rare footage of Wodehouse during his time in Germany, with exclusive interviews with those who knew him best. It examines newly discovered letters from devotees such as Evelyn Waugh and Agatha Christie, and the diary Wodehouse kept while interned by the Nazis.
The programme also features readings from his novels, excerpts from film and TV adaptations of his work, and Wodehouse musicals brought to life by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Shot in locations including Wodehouse’s homes on Long Island and in Le Touquet, and the site of his internment camp in Poland, 'The Long Exile' paints a fascinating portrait of this renowned author..
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First screened on BBC2 on Saturday 28th December 2002, 8pm, repeated on BBC1 8th Jan 2003 at 1:05am
Originally known as 'The Hidden World Of PG Wodehouse', the title was changed a week before broadcast