Ken Russell Festival

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Delia is credited with a tape entitled Ken Russell Festival, dated June 1968.

The Ken Russell Festival consists of four TV programmes produced by Geoffrey Haydon for the series Omnibus, revisiting the famous TV film director's classic movies:[1]

  • 25 June 1968:
    • A House in Bayswater (1960), the first film Ken Russell wrote and produced for the BBC
    • Prokofiev (1961), the first of the film biographies of famous artists, which are perhaps Ken Russell's most important contribution to television
  • 2 July 1968:
    • The Dotty World of James Lloyd (1964): Ken Russell took a film unit into the Yorkshire home of the self-taught painter whose pointilliste technique was developed with no knowledge of Seurat
    • Always on Sunday (1965): A dramatised reconstruction of the life of Henri 'Douanier' Rousseau.
  • 9 July 1968:
    • Bela Bartok (1964)): Both old film and specially shot material are combined with Bartok's music to reconstruct scenes from the composer's life and to explore the well-springs of his musical inspiration.
  • 16 July 1968:
    • Elgar (1962): Old newsreel film, photographs, and specially shot material are combined with Eigar's music to reconstruct the life of this great English composer.


  • Broadcast on 25th June 1968 at 10.25pm on BBC1.[2]
  • In the BBC Sound Archive on tape TRW 6882.[2]


  1. Search results for "Ken Russell Festival" on the BBC Genome Project.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6882.