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Big Brother is on every poster. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth. Then he finds love. Stars Christopher Eccleston.

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth.

Sick and separated from his wife, he lives alone in a one-room flat in Victory Mansions in London, chief city of Airstrip One.

Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal.

When Winston finds love, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities...

George Orwell's cautionary dystopian tale was first published in 1949, becoming one of the 20th century's most influential novels.

Starring Christopher Eccleston and Pippa Nixon.

Dramatised in two parts by Jonathan Holloway.

Winston Smith...Christopher Eccleston
Julia...Pippa Nixon
O'Brien...Tim Pigott-Smith
Parsons...Kim Wall
Charrington ...Robert Blythe
Syme ...Sam Alexander
Prostitute...Susie Riddell

With Christine Absalom, Don Gilet, Joe Sims and Joshua Swinney

Director: Jeremy Mortimer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.

58 minutes

Last on

Sun 30 Jan 2022 00:00

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Christopher Eccleston and Pippa Nixon in studio

Christopher Eccleston and Pippa Nixon in studio
Recording as a scene between Winston and Julia in Studio 60a.


Role Contributor
Winston Smith Christopher Eccleston
Julia Pippa Nixon
O'Brien Tim Pigott-Smith
Parsons Kim Wall
Syme Sam Alexander
Prostitute Susie Riddell
Actor Christine Absalom
Actor Don Gilet
Actor Joe Sims
Actor Joshua Swinney
Director Jeremy Mortimer
Writer Jonathan Holloway


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