Keith Douglas

Anything that doesn't fit anywhere else, but that's still CH related.

Moderator: Moderators

Post Reply
User avatar
Deputy Grecian
Posts: 336
Joined: Mon May 21, 2007 12:12 pm
Real Name: Robert Griffiths
Location: Havant

Keith Douglas

Post by postwarblue » Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:28 pm

Mildly surprised that nobody has beaten me to this, but there was an hour on Keith Douglas on BBC4 last night

( ... h_Douglas/)

and although there were two brief glimpse of him in a bluecoat and the assertion that he started writing serious poetry at 15, there was no discusison of his time at CH. I mean that comment not chauvinistically but it could be asserted that being at CH was a somewhat character-forming experience, particularly in pre-war days.

Prematurely abandoning Merton College, Oxford, where he was under Edmund Blunden (the programme does not explore the CH link), Douglas was commissioned into the Sherwood Rangers. Their war, and thus his, is amusingly chronicled in 'It Is Bliss Here' by Myles Hildyard. There are only two mentions of Douglas himself in the book though, probably because he was something of an outsider in the pre-war Yeomanry officer huntin' crowd.

Anyway there is the i-player link, I suppose you have 5 days or so to catch up with it.
'Oh blest retirement, friend to life's decline'

User avatar
LE (Little Erasmus)
Posts: 53
Joined: Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:48 pm
Real Name: Adrian Brammer

Re: Keith Douglas

Post by Adrian » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:48 am

Not available on iPlayer but it is on YouTube: ...

Also, interesting article written by an enthusiast here: ... -achilles/
Maine A; Peele A 75-82

michael scuffil
Button Grecian
Posts: 1391
Joined: Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:53 pm
Real Name: michael scuffil
Location: germany

Re: Keith Douglas

Post by michael scuffil » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:46 am

Not available on iPlayer

Indeed, iPlayer is available for a month, not seven years :-)
Th.B. 27 1955-63

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests