Up Against It

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In early 1967, the playwright Joe Orton wrote a film script for the Beatles. By

August 1967 he was dead, murdered by his partner Kenneth Halliwell , and the film was never made. Toby Longworth investigates the story of Joe Orton 's brief film career with dramatised excerpts from the screenplay. Producer Fiona McLean

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Unknown: Joe Orton

Unknown: Kenneth Halliwell

Unknown: Toby Longworth

Producer: Fiona McLean

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Joe Orton's unfinished screenplay for the Beatles, written in 1967, adapted for radio by John Fletcher.

Orton was found dead on the very day he was to meet director Richard Lester about the making of the film.

In this which was the first production of the play, Blur's Damon Albarn provides a musical link to the original Beatles casting.

Also starring Leo Mckern, Sylvia Syms, Prunella Scales, Douglas Hodge, Joe Fiennes, Louise Lombard and Jacinta Mulcahy.

John Gielgud and Irish director Joe Dowling make cameo appearances.

Director John Adams

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Joe Orton's unfinished screenplay, written for the Beatles in 1967 and adapted for radio by John Fletcher.

Orton was found dead on the very day he was to meet director Richard Lester about the making of the film.

In this first production of the play, 30 years on, Blur's Damon Albarn provides a musical link to the original Beatles casting.

Also starring Leo Mckern, Sylvia Syms, Prunella Scales, Douglas Hodge, Joe Fiennes, Louise Lombard and Jacinta Mulcahy.

John Gielgud and Irish director Joe Dowling make cameo appearances.

Director John Adams

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Joe Orton's unfinished screenplay for the Beatles, written in 1967, adapted for radio by John Fletcher.

Orton was found dead on the very day he was to meet director Richard Lester about the making of the film.

In this which was the first production of the play, Blur's Damon Albarn provides a musical link to the original Beatles casting.

Also starring Leo Mckern, Sylvia Syms, Prunella Scales, Douglas Hodge, Joe Fiennes, Louise Lombard and Jacinta Mulcahy.

John Gielgud and Irish director Joe Dowling make cameo appearances.

Director John Adams

Joe Orton's unfinished screenplay, written for the Beatles in 1967 and adapted for radio by John Fletcher.

In this first production of the play, 30 years on, Blur's Damon Albarn provides a musical link to the original Beatles casting.