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George Orwell: A BBC Radio Collection

Including Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm and Other Dramas and Readings
Length: 13 hrs

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A radio anthology of George Orwell’s finest novels, memoirs and essays, plus four biographical dramas.

Visionary author and journalist George Orwell was the man behind two of the best-loved and most influential novels of the 20th century: Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. This collection celebrating his life and work features dramatisations of both these classic books, with stellar casts including Christopher Eccleston, Pippa Nixon, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tamsin Greig and Nicky Henson.

Also included is a drama based on his autobiographical account of the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia, starring Joseph Millson and Lyndsey Marshal. Four biographical radio plays by Mike Walker and Jonathan Holloway – Burma, Dreaming, Loving and Jura – explore further episodes in Orwell’s fascinating life, showing the disconnection between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell. Down and Out in Paris and London is a vivid full-cast adaptation of Orwell’s memoir of living among the poor in two of Europe’s great cities, starring Samuel Barnett.

Timeless examples of his essays and journalism are also showcased here, including ‘A Hanging’, ‘Confessions of a Book Reviewer’, ‘My Country Right or Left’, ‘Pleasure Spots’ and ‘As I Please’ (all read by Clive Merrison).

Track listing:

1-2: Nineteen Eighty-Four

3-4: Animal Farm

5-6: Homage to Catalonia

7: 'Burma'

8: 'Dreaming'

9: 'Loving'

10: 'Jura'

11-12: Down and Out in Paris and London

13: 'A Hanging'

14: 'Confessions of a Book Reviewer'

15: 'My Country Right or Left'

16: 'Pleasure Spots'

17: 'As I Please'

Production cast and credits:

Written by George Orwell.

First published 1931 (‘A Hanging’), 1933 (Down and Out in Paris and London), 1938 (Homage to Catalonia), 1940 (‘My Country Right or Left’), 1943-1947 (‘As I Please’), 1945 (Animal Farm), 1946 (‘Confessions of a Book Reviewer’, ‘Pleasure Spots’), 1949 (Nineteen Eighty-Four). 

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