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Damian Reads ‘Words’ by WB Yeats – Feb 12, 2018

Rebel With a Cause: WB Yeats Read by the Stars

by BBC Arts and Books Features | February 12, 2018

Watch 10 fantastic Yeats poems performed by stars including Damian Lewis, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson and Noel Gallagher. Listen to Bob Geldof tonight at 19:15 on to hear him discuss his documentary on W.B. Yeats.

William Butler Yeats’s writing was an integral part of the Irish Literary Revival, which had a huge influence on those who took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. With his film A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on W.B. Yeats. finally coming to DVD, the Irish star discusses the poet with Front Row.

In Easter week of 1916, the course of Irish history was irrevocably changed as a result of an uprising by the Irish people against British occupation. In this programme originally broadcast on BBC Four, Geldof examines the life and work of Yeats, one of the 20th century’s greatest poets. BBC Arts was granted exclusive access to extended readings from the programme, which you can enjoy below, featuring Bill Nighy, Sting, Dominic West, Damian Lewis and Richard E. Grant.

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Follow in the Footsteps of Damian’s Filming Location in Kent – Jan 28, 2018

11 Kent Filming Locations You Can Visit and Walk in the Footsteps of Your Favourite Actors

by Sophie Madge | KentLive | January 28, 2018

Visitors can actually explore the famous locations for themselves.

Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place is a historic building near Tonbridge, Kent, 32 miles (51 km) south east of London, England. It is the ancestral home of the Sidney family, and was the birthplace of the great Elizabethan poet, courtier and soldier, Sir Philip Sidney. The original medieval house is one of the most complete surviving examples of 14th-century domestic architecture in England. Part of the house and its gardens are open for public viewing.

The stately home in west Kent has been the setting for a number of TV shows and films. BBC Two’s adaptation of Wolf Hall was partly filmed at the Elizabethan house, with the Queen Elizabeth Room, The Tapestry Room, The Solar, The Long Gallery, and The Crypt all used for scenes in the TV adaptation.

Visitors can go to Penshurst Place and follow in the footsteps of Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis as they walk around the rooms.

Source: BBC

You can visit Penshurst Place and Gardens, and current admission prices are available here.

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Categories Print Media Voice Work

Damian Voices the Talking Statue of George Orwell – Nov 7, 2017

George Orwell Returns to Loom Over BBC and Damian Voices the Talking Statue

by Maev Kennedy – The Guardian – November 7, 2017

Source: Talking Statues London

George Orwell has returned to loom over the BBC. A larger-than-life statue of the author and former BBC employee has been unveiled outside Broadcasting House in London.

Orwell’s monument joins the regiment of talking statues, which can address any member of the public armed with a smart phone – his near neighbour, the sculpture of Ariel, by Eric Gill, over the main door of Broadcasting House, already talks back.

The Orwell statue is voiced by the actor Damian Lewis – who is, like the author, an Old Etonian. The school has also welcomed Orwell back, commissioning a replica of the portrait head to remind future generations of scholars that stroppy awkwardness is not necessarily a barrier to genius.

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Damian & Helen Attend BBC Films 25th Birthday Bash – March 26, 2015

Andrew Scott, Kenneth Branagh and Damian Lewis Attend BBC Films 25th Birthday Bash

by Susanna Lazarus – RadioTimes – March 26, 2015

Damian Lewis at the BBC Films' 25th Anniversary Reception

Yesterday was a difficult day for the BBC, but as the fallout from the decision to drop Jeremy Clarkson rumbled on, director-general Tony Hall was joined by a host of famous faces for BBC Films’ 25th birthday bash.

The film-making arm of the Corporation was celebrating two and a half decades of producing features including Truly Madly Deeply, Billy Elliot, An Education, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and last year’s Pride.

Christine Langan – head of BBC Films – welcomed the likes of Andrew Scott, Alan Rickman, Damian Lewis and wife Helen McCrory, Louis Theroux, James Nesbitt, Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter to last night’s star-studded celebration at New Broadcasting House.

The anniversary marks a big year for the BBC’s film division, which picked up a special Bafta for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema at this year’s ceremony to mark its two and a half decades “at the forefront of British independent filmmaking in the UK”.

Last night’s celebrations coincided with the announcement that Veep and The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci is working on a feature film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield, and Rafe Spall will take the lead in BBC Films’ Swallows and Amazons.

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