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Ravi Shankar ~ Alice In Wonderland (1966) |BBC Soundtrack|

’How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

‘How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spread his claws,
And welcome little fishes in
With gently smiling jaws!’

Ravi Shankar ~ Alice In Wonderland (1966)

Music composed and played by Ravi Shankar with Léon Goossens (oboi)
Ravi Shankar wrote the music for the production, which was first broadcast on 28 December 1966.

Audio CD
Album: Alice In Wonderland
Original Release Date: UK 28 December 1966
Label: BBC

Album Tracklist:
1. Theme Dream Of Wonderland   |1:48
2. Theme Alice In Wonderland (End Titles)   |3:28

Total Time: 5:17
| DDD | Audio CD | CBR 320 Kbps/48.1 kHz/Stereo |
| File Size: 15,6mb. | Pass: alice |

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Alice in Wonderland (1966 BBC version)

Alice in Wonderland (1966) is a BBC television play based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It was directed by Jonathan Miller, then most widely known for his appearance in the long-running satirical revue Beyond the Fringe.

Miller's production is unique among live-action Alice films in that he consciously avoided the standard Tenniel-inspired costume design and "florid" production values. Most of the Wonderland characters are played by actors in standard Victorian dress, with a real cat used to represent the Cheshire Cat. Miller justified his approach as an attempt to return to what he perceived as the essence of the story: "Once you take the animal heads off, you begin to see what it's all about. A small child, surrounded by hurrying, worried people, thinking 'Is that what being grown up is like?'"

The play featured a number of then-prominent British actors including Michael Redgrave (as the Caterpillar), John Gielgud (as the Mock Turtle), and Peter Sellers (as the King of Hearts), as well as two of Miller's fellow cast members from Beyond the Fringe, Peter Cook and Alan Bennett as the Mad Hatter and the Mouse, respectively. The title role was played by Anne-Marie Mallik, the 13-year-old daughter of a Surrey barrister, this being her only known acting performance. Wilfrid Brambell played the White Rabbit, Michael Gough and Wilfrid Lawson were the March Hare and the Dormouse, Alison Legatt was the Queen of Hearts, and Leo McKern did a drag turn as the Ugly Duchess. The journalist and broadcasting personality Malcolm Muggeridge was The Gryphon. The play also featured a young Eric Idle, several years before Monty Python brought him notice, uncredited as a member of the Caucus Race.

Product Details:
Actors: Peter Sellers, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Wilfrid Brambell, Peter Cook
Directors: Jonathan Miller
Writers: Jonathan Miller, Cecil M. Hepworth, Lewis Carroll, Sydney Newman
Producers: Cecil M. Hepworth, Elias Koopman
Format: Black & White, DVD, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: BBC Warner
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010

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Down, down, down.
Would the fall never come to an
‘I wonder how many miles
I’ve fallen by this time?’

Alice In Wonderland (1966)

Directed & Produced by Jonathan Miller
Written by Lewis Carroll (novel)
Jonathan Miller (teleplay)
Peter Sellers, Anne-Marie Mallik, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Wilfrid Brambell, Peter Cook
Distributed by BBC
Release date:  UK 28 December 1966

There have been numerous film adaptations of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", over the years. This one which was produced, written and directed by Jonathan Miller in 1966 for the BBC, is one of the most original, capturing the surreal dreamlike quality of the book. The film is also packed with great names of British film and television: Michael Redgrave, John Gielgud, Peter Sellers, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, Leo McKern, to name but a few; and Alice is beautifully played by the young Anne-Marie Mallik.

’Who are you?’ said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a
conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, ‘I—I hardly
know, sir, just at present— at least I know who I WAS
when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been
changed several times since then.’
’What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar
sternly. ‘Explain yourself!’
’I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir’ said Alice,
‘because I’m not myself, you see.’
’I don’t see,’ said the Caterpillar.

Alice In Wonderland (1966) BBC ~ Part 1

’It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being
invited,’ said the March Hare.
’I didn’t know it was your table,’ said Alice; ‘it’s laid for
a great many more than three.’

Alice In Wonderland (1966) BBC ~ Part 2

’Would you tell me,’ said Alice, a little timidly, ‘why
you are painting those roses?’
Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two
began in a low voice, ‘Why the fact is, you see, Miss, this
here ought to have been a red rose-tree, and we put a
white one in by mistake; and if the Queen was to find it
out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know. So
you see, Miss, we’re doing our best, afore she comes, to—


’Are their heads off?’ shouted the Queen.
’Their heads are gone, if it please your Majesty!’

Alice In Wonderland (1966) BBC ~ Part 3

Alice In Wonderland (1966) BBC ~ Part 4

Jonathan Miller's Alice in Wonderland (1966)

Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born on 27 January 1832, died on January 14th 1898, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy, and there are societies in many parts of the world (including the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand) dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life.

They told me you had been to her, And mentioned me to
him: She gave me a good character, But said I could not swim.
He sent them word I had not gone (We know it to be true): If
she should push the matter on, What would become of you?
I gave her one, they gave him two, You gave us three or more;
They all returned from him to you, Though they were mine
If I or she should chance to be Involved in this affair, He trusts
to you to set them free, Exactly as we were.
My notion was that you had been (Before she had this fit) An
obstacle that came between Him, and ourselves, and it.
Don’t let him know she liked them best, For this must ever be
A secret, kept from all the rest, Between yourself and me.’

’Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of
her voice. Nobody moved.
’Who cares for you?’ said Alice, 

‘You’re nothing but a pack of cards!’

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world (Wonderland) populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre, and its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

’Wake up, Alice dear!’ said her sister; ‘Why, what a
long sleep you’ve had!’
’Oh, I’ve had such a curious dream!’ said Alice, and she
told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all
these strange Adventures of hers that you have just been
reading about; and when she had finished, her sister kissed
her, and said, ‘It was a curious dream, dear, certainly: but
now run in to your tea; it’s getting late.’

Poems and songs

Carroll wrote multiple poems and songs for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, including:

"All in the golden afternoon..."—the prefatory verse, an original poem by Carroll that recalls the rowing expedition on which he first told the story of Alice's adventures underground

"How Doth the Little Crocodile"—a parody of Isaac Watts' nursery rhyme, "Against Idleness and Mischief"
"The Mouse's Tale"—an example of concrete poetry
"You Are Old, Father William"—a parody of Robert Southey's "The Old Man's Comforts and How He Gained Them"
The Duchess's lullaby, "Speak roughly to your little boy..."—a parody of David Bates' "Speak Gently"
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat"—a parody of Jane Taylor's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
"The Lobster Quadrille"—a parody of Mary Botham Howitt's "The Spider and the Fly"
"'Tis the Voice of the Lobster"—a parody of Isaac Watts' "The Sluggard"
"Beautiful Soup"—a parody of James M. Sayles's "Star of the Evening, Beautiful Star"
"The Queen of Hearts"—an actual nursery rhyme
"They told me you had been to her..."—the White Rabbit's evidence

José de Creeft, Statue of Alice in Central Park, 1959

This is a Real Alice?!

Alice Liddell (1852 - 1934) on whom the heroine of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865) by Lewis Carroll is based, sitting by a potted fern.

Alice Liddell (Hargreaves) of Alice in Wonderland (1800s)

Alice in Wonderland Duchess


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