Ted Hughes needs little introduction: one of our finest poets, he attracted praise, scandal and intrigue in equal measure. His life and the breadth and influence of his poetry are the focus of this major BBC documentary, along with his tumultuous marriage to Sylvia Plath.
The film features the first television interview with Frieda Hughes – poet, artist and daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Path – alongside input from family members, friends, fellow poets and writers. It illuminates the man, and shows how the events of his life shaped the poet. In ‘Crow’, Hughes intoned ‘But who is stronger than death? Me, evidently’, – this film looks at Hughes’ mortal and creative endurance, and how his life and powers culminated in the staggering, scorched earth testimony of ‘Birthday Letters’ – his final work and only account of his life with Plath.