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The Song of Lunch -- Based on Christopher Reid's narrative poem, The Song of Lunch follows the story of an unnamed book editor who, 15 years after their break-up, is meeting his former love for a nostalgic lunch at the Soho restaurant they used to frequent.  As the wine flows, and the couple muse over their failed relationship, nostalgia slowly turns to accusation.


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Niall MacCormick (adapted for television by)
Christopher Reid (written by)
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Release Date:
8 October 2010 (UK) See more »
A London publisher recounts a lunchtime reunion with a former lover, in poetic monologue. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Alan Rickman ... He

Emma Thompson ... She
Andi Soric ... Waiter
Siubhan Harrison ... Waitress

Joseph Long ... Massimo

Georgina Sutcliffe ... Young She
Christopher Grimes ... Young He

Jamie Baughan ... Noisy Boy
Orlando Brooke ... Noisy Boy
David Hayler ... Noisy Boy

Simon Killick ... Noisy Boy
Oscar Ward ... Noisy Boy

James Richard Marshall ... Debauched Publishing Type
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christian Wolf-La'Moy ... Advertising Guy Talking with Massimo (uncredited)

Directed by
Niall MacCormick 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Niall MacCormick  adapted for television by
Christopher Reid  written by

Produced by
Sarah Brown .... executive producer
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: Masterpiece
Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo .... line producer
Pier Wilkie .... producer
Greg Wise .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Jan Jonaeus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Barwell 
Casting by
Julia Crampsie 
Production Design by
Simon Beresford 
Art Direction by
Andrew Rothschild 
Set Decoration by
Tina Jones 
Costume Design by
Claire Anderson 
Makeup Department
Agnes Legere .... hair trainee (as Agnes Hayward-Legere)
Agnes Legere .... makeup trainee (as Agnes Hayward-Legere)
Nicola Matthews .... hair stylist
Nicola Matthews .... makeup artist
Jan Sewell .... makeup designer
Production Management
Bobby Prince .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Harrison .... second assistant director
Kiaran Murray-Smith .... first assistant director
Ben Rogers .... third assistant director
Art Department
David Chisholm .... stand-by props
Jonathan Downing .... dressing props
Lizzie Kilham .... standby art director
Kieron Mcnamara .... stand-by props (as Kieron McNamara)
Olivia Portman .... petty cash buyer
Jo Sansom .... assistant art director (as Johanna Sansom)
Jennifer Scheer .... assistant art director
Becki Woodhams .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Cristina Aragon .... dialogue editor
Simon Farmer .... sound recordist
Eilam Hoffman .... additional sound effects
Gareth Rhys Jones .... foley artist (as Gareth Jones)
Serkan Koseoglu .... foley recordist (as Serkan Koseogly)
Andrea Kurpjel .... sound facility manager
Srdjan Kurpjel .... sound re-recording mixer
Shaun Mills .... sound maintenance
Milos Stojanovic .... foley editor
Danton Tanimura .... sound effects editor
Sacha Walker .... sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Allen .... gaffer
Tony Allen .... genny operator
Alex Bender .... camera trainee
Nick Briggs .... still photographer
Mike Farr .... electrician
Ben Fordesman .... best boy
Chris Georgas .... best boy: additional shooting crew
Allan Hughes .... grip
David Mills .... camera trainee
Kim Seber .... focus puller
Darren Vincent .... clapper loader
Casting Department
Rachelle Williams-Parker .... casting assistant (as Rachelle Warren)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louise Cassettari .... costume assistant
Faith Thomas .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Adam Eddy .... on-line editor
Danielle Palmer .... assistant editor
Rob Pizzey .... colorist
Chris Teeder .... colorist: dailies
Location Management
Joel Holmes .... location manager
Music Department
Srdjan Kurpjel .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
James Cotton .... unit driver
Ian Yea .... facilities driver
Other crew
Brashna Agha .... floor runner
Ruth Atkinson .... script supervisor
Naomi Friend .... production assistant
Martin Goodman .... development consultant
Lisa Heathcote .... home economist
Charlotte Inett .... publicist
Matthew Lawson .... assistant accountant
Tim Leith .... picture campaign manager
Natalie Maloy .... floor runner
Sophie O'Connor .... assistant home economist
Annie Pollard .... talent rights executive
Holly Pullinger .... production coordinator
Gordon Ronald .... production consultant
Peter Anderson Studio .... title designer
David Thomas .... logic operator
Denis Wray .... production accountant

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Additional Details

50 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

The photo on the dust jacket of female character's husband's book is one of actor Greg Wise, Emma Thompson's real life husband.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (2012) (TV)See more »


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52 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
The pain of lunch, 8 October 2010
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

Christopher Reed's poem 'The Song of Lunch' is brought brilliantly to life here by Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, two fine actors and, though like most actors they sometimes waste time (and make money, no doubt) in rubbish, here we see them both at the top of their games. Rickman has the harder role, since he also has to narrate the verse; but Thompson handles herself excellently opposite him, never attempting to claim a larger space than is available but filling what is there perfectly. The story is a classic male tragedy, of a drunken middle-aged man whose awareness of his own increasing unattractiveness is a self-fulfilling prophesy; but the observation and psychology are razor sharp, and the words clear and cutting. It could be thought a bold move to dramatise a poem; but with this level of quality at all levels, perhaps the success of this project was never really in doubt.

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