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The work and unexplained death of Michael Ventris, the English architect, classicist, and philologist who deciphered the ancient Mycenaean Greek script Linear B, are portrayed.

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Robin Dashwood

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Credited cast:
Lynden Edwards Lynden Edwards ... Michael Ventris
Sam Baron ... Young Michael Ventris
Jack Davenport ... Narrator
Judy Cowne Judy Cowne ... Dorothea Ventris
Robert Nisbet ... Arthur Evans
Sophie Garner Sophie Garner ... Lois Ventris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emmett L. Bennett Jr. Emmett L. Bennett Jr. ... Self
Colin Boyne Colin Boyne ... Self
John Chadwick John Chadwick ... Self (interviewed 1975) (archive footage) (as Dr. John Chadwick)
Oliver Cox Oliver Cox ... Self
Simon Kimmins Simon Kimmins ... Self
Thomas Palaima Thomas Palaima ... Self (as Professor Thomas Palaima)
Edward Samuel Edward Samuel ... Self
Michael Ventris Michael Ventris ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Tessa Ventris Tessa Ventris ... Self
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"A Very English Genius" is a documentary telling the story of how Michael Ventris became obsessed with the quest of cracking the earliest known writing system, Linear B, which originated in Greece. The documentary begins with his introduction to the ancient script, on a school trip to a museam, continues through his endeavours to crack the language, and ends with his unexplained death, providing various theories to what exactly caused his final demise. Written by Sam Baron

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2002 (UK) See more »

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