Sunday Night Theatre: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954b)

UK, 16 December
broadcast live, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Series: Sunday Night Theatre (1950-1959)

A British science fiction episode produced by Rudolph Cartier with Nigel Kneale adapting the novel by George Orwell. This was the second of two live presentations of the same performance and is the version retained by the BBC for its archive and seen in subsequent repeat broadcasts.

Plot Summary

The near future: Britain is now Air-Strip One, part of the power-bloc Oceania, constantly at war with its neighbours and ruled over by the omniscient . Despite constant and the attentions of the ‘Thought Police' some of the populace try to resist – one of them is Winston Smith who is soon captured and exposed to the horrors of Room 101…


Produced by: Rudolph Cartier
Adapted As a Television Play by: Nigel Kneale
By: George Orwell
Incidental Music Composed and Conducted by: John Hotchkis
Models and Effects by: Bernard Wilkie and Jack Hine
Designer: Barry Learoyd

Peter Cushing (Winston Smith)
André Morell (O'Brien)
Yvonne Mitchell (Julia)
Donald Pleasence (Syme)
Arnold Diamond (Emmanuel Goldstein)
Campbell Gray (Parsons)
Hilda Fenemore (Mrs Parsons)
Pamela Grant (Parsons girl)
Keith Davis (Parsons boy)
Janet Barrow (woman supervisor)
Norman Osborne (first youth)
Tony Lyons (second youth)
Malcolm Knight (third youth)
John Baker (first man)
Victor Platt (second man)
Van Boolen (barman)
Wilfrid Brambell (old man, thin prisoner)
Leonard Sachs (Mr Charrington)
Sydney Bromley (waiter)
Janet Joye (canteen woman)
Richard Williams (narrator)

Remake of
Sunday Night Theatre: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954a)

Extracts included in
1984: A Personal View of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four (1983)
Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood (1989)

See also
1984 (1955)
Nineteen Eighty Four (1965)
Theatre 625: The World of George Orwell: 1984 (1965)



  • Cult TV vol.1 no.1 August 1997 p.65 – illustrated short article
  • Journal of Popular Film and Television vol.30 no.3 (Autumn 2002) pp.158-165 – illustrated article (“Bring Something Back” – The strange career of Professor Bernard Quatermass by Dave Robinson and Nick Cooper)
  • Playback (1995) p.25 – illustrated short article
  • Sight and Sound vol.53 no.2 (Spring 1984) pp.111-114 – illustrated article (News From Oceania by Jill Forbes)
  • The Veteran no.105 (December 2004) pp.6-8 – illustrated article


  • Dagens Nyheter 14 December 1954 p.12 – article (1984 i TV spred skräck över England)


  • BBC Television Drama Research Guide (electronic edition) p.2109 – credits