The Daily Telegraph

Arena: James Joyce’s Ulysses


BBC Two, 9pm; not NI

A formidable array of fans, from Salman Rushdie and Colm Toíbin to Anne Enright and Howard Jacobson, dust off their battered copies of James Joyce’s long, impenetrab­le masterpiec­e to pay tribute to its mysterious majesty, a plot both simple and impossible to summarise and densely packed with boundlessl­y rewarding themes. Arena veteran Adam Low’s film is a delicate balance: wholly welcoming to newcomers, indulgent of existing fans and pugnacious with critics.

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