JRR Tolkein's biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, recorded a session of Room with a View with Allan Beswick for BBC4, from the small study in the Oxford house where Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The recording was made in January 2005 before Carpenter's death.
Readings from Tolkein's letters and descriptions of the home make this a very interesting interview.
The character of Frodo started out as "Bingo."
Thanks to TheOneRing.net.