A dramatized account of a Victorian cause celebre, written by John Osborne and concerning the true story of the last person in England to be tried for blasphemy. Richard Burton plays John George Holyoake, a social reformer who goes on trial for speaking in public about his atheist views. Rachel Roberts plays his wife, and the programme is introduced by Face to Face inquisitor John Freeman. Written by
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Burton was paid £1,000 to star in this prestigious one-off BBC play - a mammoth fee by 1960s standards. See more