Voices of a Gen­er­a­tion: Ian Mckellen

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 8.30pm, Stu­dio Subti­tled British Le­gends of Stage and Screen, this eight-part se­ries pro­files eight luminaries of a cer­tain age, such as Derek Ja­cobi, Glenda Jack­son, Michael York and Christo­pher Lee. Tonight it’s the turn of Ian McKellen to tip­toe through the tulips of his life, from the ear­li­est dawn­ings of his de­sire to act to con­tem­po­rary roles such as Gan­dalf in The Lord of the Rings and Mag­neto in the X-Men fran­chise. If you’re not a fan at the out­set, I’d wa­ger you will be by the pro­gram’s end. In­ter­views with the ever hum­ble but ut­terly charm­ing star are clev­erly in­ter­cut with fas­ci­nat­ing archival pho­tos and footage of early ad­ven­tures.

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