Join Stephen Fry, cast and film-makers live by satellite from the Hay Literary Festival for a Q&A after the screening.

When disgraced theatre-critic and poet, Ted Wallace, is fired from his job, he is asked to investigate the mystery of so-called miracle healings at Swafford Hall, where he is godson to youngest child, David. His natural cynicism makes him the ideal candidate to get to the bottom of what’s going on, as well as some good whisky bottles, in this hilarious tale based on Stephen Fry’s seminal novel.

'Ted’s crackling observations — the fuel that drives the movie — have the fluency and rapier wit of a diligent, erudite mind. The role is a welcome lead turn for Allam, who’s more than up for the plummy putdowns, as well as the dashes of slapstick. In both voiceover and dialogue, whether he’s dismissing Wordsworth, Byron or social niceties, Allam delivers every mellifluously malign morsel with such unforced conviction that it barely feels like a performance.' - Hollywood Reporter 


7.15pm   - Doors Open

7.30pm    - The Hippopotamus start

9pm         - The Hippopotamus finish/Interval

9.10pm    - Question and Answer session with Stephen Fry

9.45pm    - Finish (approx.)

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DIRECTOR: John Jencks
Roger Allam
Tommy Knight
Emily Berrington
Dean Ridge
Emma Curtis
Tim McInnerny
Geraldine Somerville
Lyne Renee
John Standing
Fiona Shaw
Matthew Modine

FEATURE TIME: 2hrs 30mins
TICKET PRICE £11.75. Zebra Discount Card Holders - £9.99.
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