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Poet Michael Symmons Roberts explores the mythic afterlife of the 18th Century poet Thomas Chatterton.

With access to rare documents and artefacts and featuring a surprising interview with Queen guitarist Brian May, Michael explains how Chatterton’s tragic young death in his London garret aged just seventeen was immortalised by a succession of poets and painters and photographers.

He also examines the pre-Raphaelite Henry Wallis in his masterpiece known as The Death of Chatterton and how these successive images of the young Chatterton have saddled poets ever since with the notion of the doomed young poet suffering and ultimately dying in service to the Muse.

First shown on BBC Four, 8.30pm, Monday 15th June. Available until Wednesday 15th July.