BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)
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A Subject of Scandal and Concern 

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 ... See full summary »

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John Freeman ...
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George Holyoake
George Devine ...
Mr. Justice Erskine
William Devlin ...
Clerk to the Assizes
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Mrs. Holyoake
George Howe ...
Chairman
Colin Douglas ...
Maitland
Hope Jackman ...
Mrs. Holyoake's sister
Hamish Roughead ...
Brother-in-law
Donald Eccles ...
Mr. Bubb
Willoughby Goddard ...
Chairman of the Magistrates
David Browning ...
Captain Lefroy
John Ruddock ...
Mr. Pinching
Ian Ainsley ...
Captain Mason
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Mr. Cooper
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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 Tony Earnshaw

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6 November 1960 (UK)  »

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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 »

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