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Boswell's Lives

S1-E1 Boswell's Life of Freud

S1-E1 Boswell's Life of Freud

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What an absolute delight for the brain and the ears. This new series was created by Jon Canter (the freelance comedy writer who has worked with everyone from Fry and Laurie to Smith and Jones), stars the ludicrously vocally talented Miles Jupp, and tantalises the listeners with three impossible interviews.

Each week, James Boswell, the famous biographer of Dr Samuel Johnson, travels through time to interview a historical figure he could never have met. This week it’s Sigmund Freud, next up is Maria Callas and the series closes with Harold Pinter (played by Harry Enfield).

One cannot help feel pity for Boswell as every question, every response, every word he utters is immediately pounced upon and psychoanalysed by Freud (played to neurotic perfection by Henry Goodman). So much so that Boswell ends the interview believing he may well want to kill his father and sleep with his mother.

A work of genius.


Comedy series, written by Jon Canter. James Boswell, Dr Johnson's celebrated, time-travelling biographer, pursues legends to immortalise. In the first episode, he attempts to write about Sigmund Freud, but he finds that it is Freud who is asking all the questions. Starring Miles Jupp and Henry Goodman.

Cast & Crew

James Boswell Miles Jupp
Sigmund Freud Henry Goodman
Director Sally Avens
Producer Sally Avens
Writer Jon Canter


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