• Watch the Live TV Adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Most Controversial TV Drama of Its Time (1954)

    1 month ago - By Open Culture

    “Wife Dies as She Watches,” announced a Daily Express headline after the broadcast of Nineteen Eighty-Four , a BBC adaptation of George Orwell's novel. The article seems to have attributed the sudden collapse and death of a 42-year-old Herne Bay Woman to the production's shocking content. That was the most dramatic of the many accusations leveled against the BBC of inflicting distress on the viewing public with Orwell's bleak and harrowing vision of a totalitarian future. Yet that same public also wanted more, demanding a second broadcast that drew seven million viewers, the largest...
    Read more ...