The Song of Lunch

In November on Masterpiece Theater, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson will be playing opposite one another in The Song of Lunch.

The Song of Lunch is a 2010 television adaptation of Christopher Reid’s poem of the same name. It was directed by Niall MacCormick and stars Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. The production is unusual in featuring little spoken dialogue, the action instead being an enactment of incidents described by poetic monologue of the male character.


The play tells the story of a reunion between two former lovers in a Soho Italian restaurant. Rickman’s character (“he”) is a London publisher who writes poetry in his spare time (unsuccessfully). Thompson’s character (“she”) is his former lover, who left him to marry a successful novelist fifteen years ago.

The program is 50 minutes long, and is a co-production between the BBC and Masterpiece. To lend it a cinematic edge, it was filmed in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio.


Source: Wikipedia. BBC


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