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

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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:
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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: In the canteen, after Winston has said goodbye to Syme, the camera settles back on him and moves forward, bumping into the dining table in the process.See more »
Winston Smith:The rats had... Oh, God!See more »


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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The best, 12 September 2000
Author: Pete Hazell from Near London, UK

There is very little which can touch this programme. Made with extremely limited resources, given the extra strain of being performed mostly live with just a few filmed inserts, Nineteen Eighty-Four had a profound effect on television at the time. Questions were asked in parliament about it, and the BBC came in for considerable criticism at the time for broadcasting it. However, the production found its way into the minds of the public, giving the world such expressions as "Big Brother is watching you". Nowadays Big Brother is little more than the title of a cheap, spineless TV series. Back then it was a terrifying possibility. I've been fortunate enough to see Nineteen Eighty-Four, and I have to say that if TV was still prepared to take risks like this, it wouldn't be seen as cinema's poor cousin any more.

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