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Orwell at the BBC, and Other News

January 24, 2013 | by

  • It was all the rage! On the eighteenth-century literary vogue for suicides.
  • “It’s pretty much all hopeless,” and other advice on writing a memoir. (Personally, I would say: throw in a few recipes.)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four has never been dramatized by BBC Radio 4 before now. Why? Maybe this has something to do with it: “Orwell partly based the book’s torture area, Room 101, on a meeting room in the building he remembered from his time at the BBC.”
  • “The day will come when there’ll be private publishing houses in the Soviet Union.” A previously unpublished interview with Joseph Brodsky.



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    1. Jonny | January 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Nineteen Eighty-Four was adapted for television by the BBC in 1954 and starred Peter Cushing as Winston Smith. You can see it here:

    2. Ian Whittingham | January 24, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Re: 1984 has never been dramatized by the BBC before now. Yes, it has, in December 1954, when it was broadcast by BBC Television. It has, however, not been dramatized on BBC Radio 4 until now.

    3. Sadie Stein | January 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Thank you for the clarification! Will amend.

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