Monitor: Always On Sunday (BBC-2 1965 with Oliver Reed and Bryan Pringle)

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UK / BBC-2 / 1×45 minutes / Broadcast 29 June 1965 black and white

Writers: Ken Russell and Melvyn Bragg / Producer/director: Ken Russell

Drama seen as part of the BBC arts “Umbrella” strand Monitor. This early Ken Russell biopic profiles the life of French Painter Henri ‘Douanier’ Rousseau (1844-1910) who was generally considered to be ahead of his time.

The production, which whilst not Russell’s first such piece, was his first fully dramatised one, is also known as Henri Rousseau: Sunday Painter (because of the fact that Rousseau had a full time job. Oliver Reed, the Russell favourite, provides the narration.

James Lloyd as Henri Rousseau
Annette Robertson as Alfred Jarry
Bryan Pringle as Pere Ubu
Jacqueline Cooke as Mere Ubu
Roland MacLeod as Apollinaire
Isa Teller as Josephine