In 1932, 80-year-old Alice Liddell Hargreaves (Coral Browne) – the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll (the pen name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) to write Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass – travels to New York to attend a celebration of Carroll’s centenary.
Confused by American culture and unable to understand the huge popularity of the books, Mrs Hargreaves begins to remember details of the childhood events that led to Carroll writing the stories. Ian Holm plays Carroll beautifully and Amelia Shankley plays the young Alice well.
Thanks to Jim Henson and his workshop the Mock Turtle, the Dormouse, March Hare and others achieve frightening realistic (and grotesque) shape as they appear to old Alice.
Dennis Potter wrote it so it’s quite dark in places with plotlines involving older men and their advances towards younger females.
Alice Liddell Hargreaves
Reverend Charles L. Dodgson/Lewis Carroll
Mock Turtle (voice)
March Hare (voice)
Mad Hatter (voice)