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Essential Byron


“Essential Byron makes the case for his poetry, presented by Daisy Goodwin, dressed so seductively, she might be about to set off for an assignation with the lord herself. But as she flirts with his memory, you could at least imagine her being among the hysterical crowds that flocked to Byron´s lying in state when he died at the age of only 36.” Sunday Times.

“I only wish I´d met him,” says Daisy Goodwin in this quick introduction to the work of the lusty lord. Seduced by his nanny at nine, dead in the early afternoon of his life. Francesca Annis, Rosamumd Pike and Jim Carter are among the readers.” Sunday Times Critic´s Choice.

Essential Poems for Britain


“Daisy Goodwin returns with another visual anthology exploring what it means to be British (and some national quirks) through dramatised poetry readings by John Thomason, Timothy West and others. From a love of the country side to class, cricket, race (In my Country by Jackie Kay)and regrets (Steve Turner´s British Rail Regrets) from Larkin to Shakespeare and Housman´s ´blue remembered hills´, it´s an eclectic and evocative selection.

It features the winner of the first BBC national poetry competition, and there´s a performance by Sheila Hankcock of UA Fanthorpe´s wonderful Atlas which, ending on a photograph of John Thaw, is intensely moving.” Daily Telegraph.

Essential Poems


“The Essential Poems series, presented by Daisy Goodwin, works so well because brilliant actors are able to recite poems as though they were thoughts spoken aloud for the first time. Instead of being a distraction, the contemporary settings help to reinvoke that sense of immediacy. Essential Poems for Britain covers many of our national obsessions – gardening, pets, nostalgia, British Rail, cricket and the tabloids.” The Times