It's a timeless classic of children's literature and the third most-quoted book in English after the Bible and Shakespeare. But what lies behind the extraordinary appeal of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to generations of adults and children alike? To mark the 150th anniversary of its publication, this film explores the life and imagination of its author, the Reverend Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. Journalist Martha Kearney delves into the biographies of both Carroll himself and of the young girl, Alice Liddell, who inspired his most famous creation. She discusses the book with a range of experts, biographers and distinguished cultural figures - from actor Richard E Grant to children's author Philip Pullman - and explores with them the mystery of how a retiring, buttoned-up and meticulous mathematics don, who spent almost his entire life within the cloistered confines of Christ Church Oxford, was able to capture the world of childhood in such a captivating way.

  1. Clare Beavan


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  1. David Anley

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  2. Jane Atkinson

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  3. Peter Atkinson

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  4. Nicholas Burnett

    Himself - Photographic Conservation Specialist

  5. Ian Clayton

    Himself - Ditchling Players

  6. Morton N. Cohen

    Himself - Author, Lewis Carroll: A Biography

  7. Mark Davies

    Himself - Local Historian

  8. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

    Himself - Author, The Story of Alice

  9. Richard E. Grant

    Richard E. Grant

    Himself - Actor

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