Promises to be a very irritating documentary…
The BBC is to broadcast a controversial new documentary exploring whether Lewis Carroll was a ‘repressed paedophile’, on the 150th anniversary of his beloved children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The potentially-explosive programme, presented by Martha Kearney, will explore the nature of Carroll relationship with children, and feelings toward the real Alice, the inspiration behind his most famous work.
The show, in which he is referred to by a contributor as a “heavily repressed paedophile”, will detail a newly-discovered photograph of a naked girl from a forgotten archive, said to show a “shockingly different” side to the author’s friendship with children.
It will debate whether new evidence shows Carroll, whose real name was Charles Dodgson, took an interest in sexualising young children and teenagers, and whether he should or could be considered a “Victorian Jimmy Savile”. [!]
The picture, which is not comprehensively proven to have been taken by Carroll [my epmphasis], is believed to show Alice’s elder sister entirely nude, in a full-frontal pose described by Kearney as something “no parent would ever have consented to”.
Will Self, the author, said of Carroll: “Dodgson himself, I think, was a heavily repressed paedophile, without doubt [again my emphasis].
The documentary, The Secret World of Lewis Carroll, will be broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday, January 31 at 9pm.