Douglas Gresham Was a Firefighter, Farmer, and Private Investigator | Talking Beasts

“I am the only man alive who lived with C. S. Lewis.”

You may be familiar with some key points in the life of Douglas Gresham: His mother marrying C. S. Lewis and his role as co-producer on The Chronicles of Narnia movies. But, there is a huge gap in the middle of his “complicated” life that few know much about.

Those years will be covered in an upcoming documentary directed by Robert Cassar. Filming is underway but a release date has not been set.

Doug and Robert joined us from Malta to discuss the project. (Read the transcript)


14 Responses

  1. Cleander says:

    At first I must admit I was a bit disappointed that nothing was said about the Netflix projects, but hey, that documentary sounds really cool! I'll definitely want to check that out!

  2. Glumpuddle says:

    Doug had a quote in the press release. Nothing more to publicly announce about Netflix at this time. Hopefully it will be worth the wait!

  3. Fireberry says:

    Great interview! Thanks NW, and here's wishing Doug a great Fifth Act to his "Honest Life" !

  4. Becca says:

    Thank you for such an informative and engaging interview!I am defenitly going to keep a look out for the documentary. πŸ™‚

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  6. JFGII says:

    It’s really refreshing how Douglas Gresham is so upfront yet decent minded about his past. πŸ™‚ How, in his words, C. S. Lewis was not the sole reason he turned back to Christianit after falling away in his youth. He turned to Christ as a grown man, yet, in his words, had got pretty good at sinning up until that time. πŸ˜‰

  7. Roger says:

    Hopefully you can get an interview about the Netflix deal. That is the elephant in the room. Looking forward to the documentary.

  8. Larry W. says:

    Hopefully, Mr. Gresham will be able to do many more of these interviews. What an interesting life and perspective he has had on the world, and it was a great experience for him to know C. S. Lewis personally.

  9. Jealous says:

    I wish the Lord would call me to Malta.

  10. David Jack says:

    That's wonderful to hear that there's going to be a documentary about Doug's life. I've been privileged to get to know him a little over the past year due to my work translating the books of Jack's "master" George MacDonald from broad Scots into English, and he's a fascinating-and very kind-guy. Life in the Kilns in those days must have been uproarious fun, despite the sword of Damocles hanging over his mother Joy, because they all knew her time was short. I'll definitely be watching "an honest life", and if you want to see his short endorsement for my MacDonald translations (since he's as keen as his stepfather was to keep GM's legacy alive) check out this video link:

  11. Reepicheep775 says:

    I always like hearing from Douglas Gresham. The documentary sounds interesting.

  12. Col Klink says:

    Was this the season finale? I thought it would be but it didn't sound like it.
    Anyway, it was a great season. (Or has been if it's not over yet.)

  13. Glumpuddle says:

    Nope! 2 more episodes. πŸ™‚

  14. Andy Harrelson says:

    This was great! I sure look forward to that documentary, in the meantime, it's been nice catching up to these podcasts, see you on the 7th!