On your telescreen

On 12 December 1954 the BBC broadcasted its famous and controversial version. This was written by Nigel Kneale (creator of Quatermass) and starred Peter Cushing. It was broadcast live (with some pre-recorded scenes) but following the immediate negative and positive reaction, which included discussion in by MPs, the performance was repeated on 16 December and filmed. Kneale adapted his script and a new version starring David Buck was broadcast on 28 November 1965 on BBC2 as part of ‘The World of George Orwell’. The tape was wiped so it was never seen again, until a copy was found in 2010 in the American Library of Congress. The first version of 1984 to be broadcast on television though was actually an American production. In 1953 Lorne Greene and Eddie Albert starred in a 50 minute long adaptation broadcast by CBS as part of its Studio One series. The BBC version can be seen here.

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Aye up – I'm a documentary photographer from Manchester in the UK. This is an occasional blog all about me, me, me. Well actually it's just about my photography.

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