Elgar (film)

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Genre Drama Documentary
Written by Ken Russell
Huw Wheldon
Directed by Ken Russell
Starring George McGrath
Peter Brett
Rowena Gregory
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Humphrey Burton
Camera setup Ken Higgins
Running time 56 minutes
Original channel BBC
Original release 11 November 1962 (1962-11-11)

Elgar is a drama documentary made in 1962 by the British director Ken Russell. Made for BBC Television's long-running Monitor programme, it dramatised in vigorous style the life of the archetypically English composer Sir Edward Elgar.

The film had the effect of establishing Russell as a major directorial talent, and spawned a series of dramatised biographies of composers by Russell, both for cinema and television. Elgar became "one of the most popular films of its kind ever shown on TV, and contributed to a marked revival of interest in the composer's music." [1] The film was narrated by Huw Wheldon. It was selected by the British Film Institute as one of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes.


  • George McGrath (Sir Edward Elgar)
  • Peter Brett (Mr Elgar)
  • Rowena Gregory (Mrs Elgar)


  1. ^ Ken Russell

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