Elgar (film)

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GenreDrama Documentary
Written byKen Russell
Huw Wheldon
Directed byKen Russell
StarringGeorge McGrath
Peter Brett
Rowena Gregory
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Humphrey Burton
Camera setupKen Higgins
Running time56 minutes
Original networkBBC
Original release11 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 established Russell as a directorial talent, and spawned a series of dramatised biographies of composers by Russell, both for cinema and television. Elgar helped to revive the reputation of the composer's work.[1] The film was narrated by Huw Wheldon. The British Film Institute selected it as one of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes.


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

Louisa Nicholas (Elgar's daughter)


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