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

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Writers:
George Orwell (novel)
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Original Air Date:
12 December 1954 (Season 5, Episode 50)
Genre:
Plot:
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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Cast

 (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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Runtime:
120 min | UK:107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
When first screened by the BBC there were numerous public complaints and these led to questions being asked in the House of CommonsSee more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Winston Smith presses the door shut after departing Parsons, the entire set wall wobbles.See more »
Quotes:
Winston Smith:The rats had... Oh, God!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of 1984 (2009) (V)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
'You may as well say goodbye', 17 June 2003
Author: hugh1971 from London

I had heard of this programme but never seen it so was very pleased when BBC4 screened it recently.

In many ways the play was shockingly 'modern' with its allusions to sex and pornography...even the word 'orgasm' is mentioned which must have caused a few raised eyebrows in English drawing rooms! ('ask your father, dear....')

What struck me more though was how BBC drama has changed since this was broadcast in 1954. While the production values are minimal (the sets of Victory Mansions for example look like something out of a primary school play, and the opening 'exterior' shot of the Ministry of Love looks like it was drawn with crayon) the acting is superb and unlike anything you would get on a modern tv drama.

The sense of claustrophobia is intense and the 'stagey' feel adds to this. Cushing is brilliant as are the majority of the cast. While set in 1984 the atmosphere is clearly that of bombed out, austere post war London - the dinner lady 'Them's stew with salt; them's stew without' has an Edwardian proletarian twang which has now utterly gone from English speech. My one dislike was the scene when the 'proles' were reading a pornographic book - this looked like three RADA students pretending to be 'common'. Wilfred Brambell as the old man was suspiciously like 'Steptoe' - did Galton and Simpson get the idea from this, I wonder...!

And Orwell's story comes across excellently - the sense of hopelessness in the face of grinding totalitarianism - he would have been proud.

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