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TELEVISING THE FUTURE: NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR AND THE IMAGINATION OF NIGEL KNEALE

1:00pm-2:30pm on Saturday 9 April

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Babbage Lecture Theatre, (Through the Pembroke Archway), New Museums SiteDowning Street, CB2 3RS

Nineteen Eighty-Four is rightly regarded as a classic. George Orwell’s dystopia is shot through with powerful political imagery. ‘Big Brother’, ‘Room 101’, and the ‘Thought Police’ remain touchstones in contemporary debate.

Adapted by Nigel Kneale and directed by Rudolph Cartier, starring Peter Cushing, Yvonne Mitchell, and André Morell, the BBC production caused outrage in the press, propelling Orwell’s novel to the front page. Televising the Future: Nineteen Eighty-Four and the imagination of Nigel Kneale examines the story behind the Kneale and Cartier adaptation, the relationship between the book and the teleplay, and the impact of the production.

The panel will also discuss the place of Nineteen Eighty-Four in the career of Nigel Kneale, the innovative screen writer who is best remembered today as the creator of the Quatermass series.

Dr Robin Bunce: Robin is a Fellow of Homerton College, University of Cambridge. He is editor of Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy, has written on Doctor Who, Star Wars, Twin Peaks, and Search Party. He teaches the history of political ideas, including utopia and dystopia at Cambridge, and is a host of Shoulder of Orion: The Blade Runner Podcast.

Jon Dear: Jon is a writer and critic on TV and film. He has written for the BFI, including their Flipside range, Horrified Magazine, Curious British Television and Haunted Magazine. His forthcoming work includes the third volume of Play for Today on Blu Ray, and a commentary for the long-awaited Blu Ray/DVD release of Rudolph Cartier and Nigel Kneale’s celebrated adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Andy Murray: Andy is a writer and lecturer living in Manchester. In 2006 he wrote Into the Unknown, the first full biography of Nigel Kneale, for Headpress. Drawing extensively on a series of exclusive interviews with Kneale and others, it was fully revised and updated for a new edition in 2017. He has contributed to the 2003 BBC Four documentary The Kneale Tapes and the DVD / Blu-ray commentaries for Quatermass and the Pit and Nineteen Eighty-Four

Dr Una McCormack: Una is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling science fiction writer who specialises in TV tie-in fiction. She has written more than twenty novels based on TV shows such as Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery, Doctor Who, and Firefly. She has academic interests in women’s science fiction and transformative works (‘fanfiction’), has written and presented on topics such as women and the works of Tolkien, the novels of Vonda N. McIntyre, and William Golding.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Cost: Free - booking required
Event Capacity: 400
Theme: Discovery, Society
Accessibility: Partial access - please contact us for details, Accessible toilet, Lift

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