A Lost J. R. R. Tolkien Interview Will Air This Saturday

Great news! Almost fifty years after it was recorded, a BBC interview with J. R. R. Tolkien is finally going to be broadcast.

According to The Tolkien Society, the interview was recorded in 1968 as part of a BBC documentary titled Tolkien in Oxford. In the end, only a small portion of the interview appeared in the documentary and the rest was thought to be lost, until the film’s producer, Leslie Megahey, found a copy of it on a video tape. He then combed the BBC archives for the original recording, which is set to be aired on BBC Radio 4 this Saturday, August 6, at 8:00 PM GMT.

If you’re not in the UK or not near a radio, you can listen to the program online: Radio 4 posts all of their programs on their website soon after they air and usually keeps them there for thirty days, if not longer. When the Tolkien interview does become available, it will be posted to this page.

Ian McKellen Reads Seamus Heaney’s Aeneid Book VI

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McKellen in 2013. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

UPDATE: This program is no longer available, as the BBC has removed it from their website. Sorry ’bout that.

If, like me, you’ve been impatiently awaiting the release of Seamus Heaney’s translation of Book Six of the Aeneid, you’re in luck: all this week, BBC Radio 4’s “Book of the Week” program will feature Sir Ian McKellen reading from the newly-published book[!].

If you don’t live in the UK (or if you do and missed the first episode), never fear! All five episodes are available to listen to online right now from anywhere in the world (here’s the link). Just don’t bookmark the page and forget about it, because each episode is only available for a month after it airs.

Aeneid, Book VI, if you’re interested, was published in the UK by Faber & Faber on March 3. It will be released in the US by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux on May 3, 2016.