George Orwell’s enduring dystopian masterpiece is brought vividly to life in this celebrated BBC production.
Adapted by Nigel Kneale (The Quatermass Experiment), Nineteen Eighty-Four broke new ground for television drama when first broadcast in 1954. Featuring a stunning central performance from Peter Cushing as the doomed Winston Smith, this highly influential small screen landmark has been newly restored by the BFI using original film materials from the BBC archive
One of the most requested BBC productions it’s presented here for the very first time on Blu-ray and DVD and released to coincide with Kneale’s centenary. Experience Orwell’s haunting vision of a world dictated by tranny and propaganda; Big Brother is watching.
Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Newly recorded audio commentary on Nineteen Eighty-Four by television historian Jon Dear, host of Nigel Kneale podcast Bergcast with Toby Hadoke and Andy Murray
Nigel Kneale: Into the Unknown (2022, 72 mins): writer, actor and stand-up comedian Toby Hadoke in conversation with Kneale biographer and programmer Andy Murray. Together they try to unpick who Nigel Kneale was, what he did and why his work still matters today
Late Night Line-Up (BBC, 1965, 25 mins): members of the cast and crew look back on the controversies surrounding this adaptation of Orwell's classic
The Ministry of Truth (2022, 24 mins): in conversation with the BFI's Dick Fiddy, television historian Oliver Wake dispels some of the myths that have grown up around the groundbreaking drama over the course of the past half century
Gallery of rare images from the BBC Archives
Original script (downloadable PDF)
Illustrated booklet with new writing by Oliver Wake and David Ryan
Newly commissioned sleeve art by Matt Needle