1984 in 1954 (Watch the 1954 BBC adaptation of Nineteen Eighty Four) December 12, 2010 4:00 AMSubscribe
Nigel Kneale's adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four was one of the most controversial television programmes of its time. Broadcast live, it made "unusually extensive and imaginative use of filmed inserts (14 in total). These sequences bought time for the more elaborate costume changes or scene set-ups, but also served to 'open out' the action." And now you can watch it too! The full version is currently on Youtube. Short of the John Hurt film released in 1984 being posted online, the 1954 BBC TV adaptation is about as doubleplusgood as it gets for now. Further reading; Some background (PDF) on its production and a review, for those who need to be told what to think about things they saw.