Screenplay (1986–1993)
6.8/10
20
2 user

Boswell & Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles 

In the autumn of 1773, the English writer Samuel Johnson visits the Hebrides, or Western Isles, off the North-West coast of Scotland. With him are his friend, the Scotsman James Boswell, ... See full summary »

Director:

John Byrne

Writer:

John Byrne
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Episode credited cast:
Robbie Coltrane ... Dr. Samuel Johnson
John Sessions ... James Boswell
Celia Imrie ... Lady MacDonald
Ruth McGhie ... Flora McDonald
Penelope McGhie Penelope McGhie ... Miss Campbell
Nicola Esson Nicola Esson ... Elizabeth McQuarrie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Anstee Mark Anstee ... Capt. MacLeod
Alan David Alan David ... Sir Aeneas MacPherson
Ian Dury Ian Dury ... Dr. Reid
Tony Halfpenny Tony Halfpenny ... Coll
Carol MacReady ... Lady MacPherson
Richard D. Sharp Richard D. Sharp ... Benjamin
Leo Sho-Silva Leo Sho-Silva ... Joseph
Joanne Thirsk Joanne Thirsk ... Caroline MacPherson
Edit

Storyline

In the autumn of 1773, the English writer Samuel Johnson visits the Hebrides, or Western Isles, off the North-West coast of Scotland. With him are his friend, the Scotsman James Boswell, and his black servant Francis Barber. Staying with a series of hosts, including elderly Jacobite heroine Flora McDonald, Johnson and Boswell encounter traditional Scottish hospitality at first-hand, all the time arguing about politics (and in Boswell's case losing his head over every pretty woman he meets). Meanwhile, Francis and another black servant they encounter provide evidence of the new consciousness emerging in Britain's soon-to-be-independent American colonies. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1993 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Unfunny period adventure from '93
27 November 2017 | by mark-rojinskySee all my reviews

A heavy going television period drama from 1993 featuring a typically overbearing performance by Scots actor, Robbie Coltrane: he of the unfunny Brando-isms etc. The 18th-century was about the ferment of ideas. Give me the flair of 1971's Kidnapped or the academic rigour of The Voyage of Charles Darwin (1978) any day!


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed