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Christopher Reid goes to Hollywood | 30-Sep-10

To mark National Poetry Day, Christopher Reid's narrative poem The Song of Lunch has been given the Hollywood treatment by the BBC and made into a film starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.

The dramatisation, which will be broadcast on BBC2 on Friday 8 October at 9pm, tells the story of an unnamed book editor (Alan Rickman) who, 15 years after their break-up, is meeting his former love (Emma Thompson) for a nostalgic lunch at the Soho restaurant they used to frequent.

She is now living a glamorous life in Paris, married to a world-renowned writer, whilst he has failed in his writing career, detests his mundane publishing job, and regrets the end of their love affair.

When he arrives at the restaurant he finds it under new management and much changed, and this seems to fuel his resentment about growing older and being left behind. The stage is set for an emotional and bittersweet reunion. As the wine flows, and the couple rake over their failed relationship, nostalgia turns to recrimination.

Christopher Reid won the Costa Book Of The Year for A Scattering, in early 2010. The Song Of Lunch was published by CB editions in 2009 and has been republished to tie-in with the film by Faber and Faber.  The book has been described as displaying "the full range of Christopher Reid's wit, craft and human sympathy" (John Bayley, Poetry Review). 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/the-song-of-lunch/

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