Thompson and Rickman to star in BBC2′s The Song of Lunch

Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson are to star in a BBC dramatisation of Christopher Reid’s poem The Song of Lunch.

The BBC2 drama will mark National Poetry Day on October 7 and tells the story of an unnamed book editor, played by Rickman, who arranges to meet his former lover, played by Thompson, 15 years after they broke up.

BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow said: “To mark National Poetry Day, BBC2 will be bringing this art form to life with a truly ambitious project and a stellar cast. We hope that audiences will enjoy this dramatisation of Christopher Reid’s touching and witty poem and maybe feel inspired to indulge in a little more poetry themselves.”

Rickman and Thompson have previously worked together on the film Sense And Sensibility.

The Song Of Lunch will be directed by Niall MacCormick, who directed The Long Walk to Finchley. It was commissioned by Hadlow and Ben Stephenson, controller of drama commissioning at the BBC.

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