It’s nice to see that not all of the TV about the fantasy genre is about Game of Thrones.
This one-off documentary looks at the life of the man behind Middle-Earth, and the life of Tolkien was certainly odd at times. For example, there was the time when he and CS Lewis once went to a party dressed as bears – it wasn’t fancy dress. Then there is fact that the strict Catholic Tolkien was so angry when the church allowed holding masses in English that he responded by going to church and shouting everything in Latin.
Among the issues being discussed is whether the transfer of Tolkien’s books to the big screen has damaged their literary merit.
JRR Tolkien: Designer of Worlds is on Sky Arts at 21.00.