13 episodes

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, a celebrated novelist and a talented painter, were openly gay in conservative 1950s Hollywood. In private, they called themselves The Animals. Simon Callow and Alan Cumming read their love letters; Katherine Bucknell reveals secrets they kept even from their friends, a galaxy of star writers, artists, stage players and movie makers in L.A., London, and New York. The series is capped by a play the lovers wrote together, A Meeting by the River, starring Dominic West, Kyle Soller and Penelope Wilton, and directed by Anthony Page.

The Animals Podcast Christopher Isherwood, Don Bachardy and Katherine Bucknell

    • Arts
    • 4.5, 27 Ratings

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, a celebrated novelist and a talented painter, were openly gay in conservative 1950s Hollywood. In private, they called themselves The Animals. Simon Callow and Alan Cumming read their love letters; Katherine Bucknell reveals secrets they kept even from their friends, a galaxy of star writers, artists, stage players and movie makers in L.A., London, and New York. The series is capped by a play the lovers wrote together, A Meeting by the River, starring Dominic West, Kyle Soller and Penelope Wilton, and directed by Anthony Page.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Fayal616 ,

Wait! Is there no more?

A wonderful glimpse into their world. And I was sad when I got to the last podcast knowing there would be no more. Perfect production right down to the repetitions of ‘kiss, kiss, kiss...’ at the end of some of the letters.

Michaelpdx ,

Excellent!

Great, well edited, amazing people, and touching story. Enjoyed the play too!

Lynda in LA ,

The Animals Podcast

What a wonderful way to explore an amazing love story. The framing of the podcast is perfect for the reading of the letters between these two wonderful artists. Katherine Bucknell's additional information helps sets the stage and explores deeper meanings of the letters to provide a very welcome layer of insight. What a lost art of communications and what a world they both lived. After each episode I've searched the people who have been mentioned to get more information. I've recommended this podcast to everyone especially my artist friends.

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