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Season 5, Episode 15
Air date January 4, 1955
Written by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes
Guest(s) Bruce Campbell (conductor)
Produced by Peter Eton
Musical interludes "It Had To Be You" (Geldray),
"Shake, Rattle, and Roll" (Ellington)
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Season 5, Episode 20
Air date February 8, 1955
Written by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes
Guest(s) None
Produced by Peter Eton
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Synopsis Edit

In a dystopian future where Britain is ruled by the Big Brother Corporation, 842 Winston Seagoon is tempted into treason, only to be double-crossed and sent to the fearsome Listening Room.

Background Edit

A parody of George Orwell's classic science fiction novel 1984, which depicted a Britain under the sway of a dictator known as Big Brother. Nigel Kneale's adaptation of it for BBC Sunday Theatre had just aired in December 1954, and many of the stylistic touches are almost certainly borrowed from that version.

Also in 1954, the Television Act had established the Independent Television Authority, a regulatory body for awarding commercial television licenses. Until then, the only television broadcaster had been the TV department of the BBC (known within the corporation as "Vision").

Room 101, the Listening Room, is a reference come full circle: Orwell worked for the BBC for two years during World War II, and named Room 101 in 1984 for a BBC conference room.

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