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Tuesday March 5th 2024

The Browning Version | 1951

A film version of Terence Rattigan’s venerable play, about crusty teacher Crocker-Harris (Michael Redgrave) facing up to personal crises on his premature retirement. The school exteriors were filmed at Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne in northwest Dorset.

The venerable independent boys' school was also seen in 1948 fantasy The Guinea Pig, the 1969 musical version of Goodbye Mr Chips, with Peter O'Toole and Mike Figgis's 1994 version of The Browning Version.

Among its notable students are actors including Jeremy Irons, Hugh Bonneville, John Le Mesurier and Jon Pertwee, along with poet Cecil Day Lewis (father of Daniel).

It was also the school of mathematician Alan Turing, who was instrumental in the development of the computer, and appeared in The Imitation Game, with Benedict Cumberbatch, a fictionalised version of his life.