Nineteen Eighty-four

An abridged version of George Orwell's classic political satire about Winston Smith, a man who works for the Ministry of Truth, read by Corin Redgrave.

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1/8. George Orwell's political satire. In Orwell's vision of the future, the state controls every aspect of people's lives. Winston Smith begins a diary.

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2/8. An abridged version of George Orwell's classic political satire about Winston Smith, a man who works for the Ministry of Truth, read by Corin Redgrave.

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3/8. George Orwell's classic political satire read by Corin Redgrave. Winston visits the shop where he bought his diary and thinks he is being followed.

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4/8: By George Orwell. Winston starts a relationship with Julia, a girl from the Fiction Department. Aware that this relationship is folly, Winston pursues it nevertheless. Read by Corin Redgrave.

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5/8: By George Orwell. Winston and Julia visit O'Brien in his flat - with the telescreen turned off. Read by Corin Redgrave.

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George Orwell's classic political satire, abridged in eight parts and read by Corin Redgrave. 6/8. Winston and Julia are arrested by the Thought Police.

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George Orwell's classic political satire, abridged to eight parts and read by Corin Redgrave. 7: After his arrest, Winston languishes in a cell and meets his interrogator.

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8/8. George Orwell's classic political satire, abridged in eight parts and read by Corin Redgrave. Winston succumbs to O'Brien's interrogation - and is finally sent to Room 101.

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Winston Smith begins a diary.

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Winston Smith begins a diary.

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Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway.

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.

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

The Real George Orwell

A Radio 4 journey through the labyrinth that is the life and work of George Orwell.

Of course there is no real George Orwell - it was the pen name of Eric Blair - but he was a writer and political commentator who is very hard to pin down. Ever since his early death in 1950, he has been at one and the same time the darling of some on both the left and the right of British politics - whilst being reviled by others. For all the beautiful simplicity of his writing and storytelling Orwell/Blair is a complex mass of confusions - an anti-establishment, pro-English, ex-Etonian ex-policeman and socialist, who was ardently anti-authoritarian. He was as anti-fascist as he was anti-communist, a former Spanish Civil War soldier who was anti-war but pro the Second World War, and so on and so on.

Through dramatisations of the key books, through four newly commissioned plays that explore the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell, and through factual programming and readings, Radio 4 will take you on a journey from Burma via Catalonia, Wigan, Jura, Manor Farm along the road that led to Nineteen Eighty-Four, one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century.

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Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway

Winston Smith has found love and comfort with Julia, and now they are determined to join the Brotherhood, a secret, counter-revolutionary organisation pledged to destroy The Party. But for The Party's enemies, deep in the Ministry of Love, there is the threat of Room 101.

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

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Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway

Winston Smith has found love and comfort with Julia, and now they are determined to join the Brotherhood, a secret, counter-revolutionary organisation pledged to destroy The Party. But for The Party's enemies, deep in the Ministry of Love, there is the threat of Room 101.

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

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Winston visits the shop where he bought his diary and thinks he is being followed.

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Winston visits the shop where he bought his diary and thinks he is being followed.

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Winston starts a relationship with Julia, a girl from the Fiction Department.

Aware that this relationship is folly, Winston pursues it nevertheless.

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Winston starts a relationship with Julia, a girl from the Fiction Department.

Aware that this relationship is folly, Winston pursues it nevertheless.

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Winston and Julia visit O'Brien in his flat - with the telescreen turned off.

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Winston and Julia visit O'Brien in his flat - with the telescreen turned off.

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Winston and Julia are arrested by the Thought Police.

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Winston and Julia are arrested by the Thought Police.

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After his arrest, Winston languishes in a cell and meets his interrogator.

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After his arrest, Winston languishes in a cell and meets his interrogator.

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Winston succumbs to O'Brien's interrogation - and is finally sent to Room 101.

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Winston succumbs to O'Brien's interrogation - and is finally sent to Room 101.