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Airs Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.

Credit: Courtesy of © BBC 2010

Above: Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. "The Song Of Lunch" is a dramatization of Christopher Reid’s acclaimed narrative poem, starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson as a book editor and his former lover who meet for a nostalgic lunch 15 years after their break-up.

When a middling copy editor/failed poet meets his former lover for lunch 15 years after their affair, he finds that everything — and nothing — has changed. From the tablecloths to the wine to his former lover, wealth and success now gloss the surface where kitsch and passion once held sway. He is bitter, petulant and increasingly inebriated; she is glamorous, generous, and eventually provoked.

A dramatization of Christopher Reid's acclaimed narrative poem, "The Song Of Lunch" stars Alan Rickman ("Harry Potter" films) and Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility," film version) in the unnamed roles of He and She. Waiter, I'll take the nostalgia special with a side of recrimination and finish with regret, for a lunch that celebrates love and ambition with poignancy, humor, and affection.

"The Song of Lunch" will be available for online viewing beginning November 14, 2011.

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