In 1880 Thomas Hughes, the author of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays', launched a Utopian community in rural America.
He called it Rugby, a place where young ENGLISH gentlemen could escape industrial Britain and work the land.
This drama-documentary charts the rise and fall of the colony, using the speeches of Thomas Hughes, letters from members of his family who set up home there, and recordings made in Rugby, Tennessee today.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20030826 (Radio 4)