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"BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)

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George Orwell (novel)
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Original Air Date:
12 December 1954 (Season 5, Episode 50)
George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Peter Cushing ... Winston Smith

André Morell ... O'Brien

Yvonne Mitchell ... Julia Dixon

Donald Pleasence ... Syme

Arnold Diamond ... Emmanuel Goldstein
Campbell Gray ... Parsons
Hilda Fenemore ... Mrs. Parsons
Pamela Grant ... Parsons Girl
Keith Davis ... Parsons Boy
Janet Barrow ... Woman Supervisor
Norman Osborne ... First Youth
Tony Lyons ... Second Youth
Malcolm Knight ... Third Youth
John Baker ... First Man
Victor Platt ... Second Man
Van Boolen ... Barman
Wilfrid Brambell ... Old Man / Thin Prisoner
Leonard Sachs ... Mr. Charrington
Sydney Bromley ... Waiter
Janet Joye ... Canteen Woman
Harry Lane ... Guard
Richard Williams ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nigel Kneale ... Telescreen Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Roy Oxley ... Big Brother (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rudolph Cartier 
Writing credits
George Orwell (novel)

Nigel Kneale (adapted as a television play by)

George Orwell 

Produced by
Rudolph Cartier .... producer
Original Music by
John Hotchkis 
Production Design by
Barry Learoyd 
Visual Effects by
Jack Kine .... models and effects
Bernard Wilkie .... models and effects
Music Department
John Hotchkis .... conductor

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Additional Details

120 min | UK:107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

When first screened by the BBC there were numerous public complaints and these led to questions being asked in the House of CommonsSee more »
Revealing mistakes: When Winston Smith presses the door shut after departing Parsons, the entire set wall wobbles.See more »
Winston Smith:The rats had... Oh, God!See more »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The Telescreen delivers the goods., 13 June 2003
Author: Prof_Lostiswitz from Cyberia

This version seems to be at least as good as the Burton one from the 1980's, which was made at much greater expense. TV movies have the room to be experimental, when they want to be. The cheap sets and black-and-white photography actually contribute to the effect, although the countryside scenes of course suffer. The actors deliver their lines with conviction, natural enough since they were closer in time to Orwell, Stalin, McCarthy and the rest.

One problem is that some of the best lines are delivered far too quickly, presumably because this was a live-on-air performance. Julia's final lines should be muttered in a halting voice, not rattled off as here.

The ratings of the various versions are 1. 1954 (Cushing) 2. 1984 (Burton) 3.1956 (which was suppressed by Orwell's estate, it was so bad). Brazil (1985) is better than any of these, because it was designed for cinema; and Orwell's novel is better than all of them.

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