The BBC’s adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four shocked the nation when it was first broadcast on a Sunday night in 1954. The work of the Quatermass team of Nigel Kneale (writer) and Rudolph Cartier (director), it stars Peter Cushing as Winston Smith, who rebels against Big Brother by embarking on a clandestine love affair; André Morell, meanwhile, is Room 101 torturer O’Brien.
This landmark play has been one of the most wished-for classic TV releases for decades, and now it’s finally here, beautifully restored by the BFI for a dual-format Blu-ray/DVD edition. The film sequences look immaculate! Extras include an informative commentary by Nigel Kneale experts Jon Dear, Toby Hadoke and Andy Murray; a featurette dispelling some of the myths about the production; a 1965 edition of Late Night Line-Up looking back at the production; and a recording of a recent lecture about Kneale’s life and work.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is available to buy now (opens in new tab), both on Blu-ray/DVD (RRP £19.99) and to download via iTunes and Amazon Prime. Thanks to the BFI, we have five copies to give away. To put your name in the hat for the chance to win one, simply answer the question below.