Hallam Tennyson (radio producer)

Beryl Hallam Augustine Tennyson (10 December 1920 – 21 December 2005) was a British radio producer.

Hallam Tennyson was born in Chelsea, the third son of Sir Charles Tennyson and his wife Ivy (née Pretious), and a great-grandson of the Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Tennyson was educated at Eton College and Oxford University.[1]

He married Margot Wallach in Kensington, London, in 1946.[1] She was born on 30 March 1921 in Mönchengladbach, Germany, and died on 19 April 1999 in Highgate, London. The couple had a son, Jonathan Tennyson (born 1955), and a daughter.

He joined the BBC World Service in 1956, working as a radio producer and becoming assistant head of drama.[1] His own radio play The Spring of the Beast, an account of the friendship between Henry James and author Constance Fenimore Woolson, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as The Monday Play [1] on 26 May and repeated as Afternoon Theatre on 31 May 1986. James is depicted as unable to overcome his inhibitions against loving either a woman or another man.

Tennyson nursed his wife through her regular spells of mental illness. During the 1970s he began to campaign for gay rights, and around that time revealed his homosexuality, writing in 1984 an autobiography, The Haunted Mind, which was serialised in a newspaper.[1]

He was stabbed to death in his bed, at home in Highgate, in December 2005.[2] His murder remains unsolved.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Pleasence, Angela; Balcon, Jill (6 January 2006). "Obituary: Hallam Tennyson". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
  2. ^ Fresco, Adam (23 December 2005). "Tennyson's gay great-grandson stabbed to death in bed". The Times.
  3. ^ "Freedom of Information Request" (PDF). Metropolitan Police. April 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2018. There have been several arrests but no charges.