Phil Windeatt

On Socialism and Journalism

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It was extremely satisfying to see the coverage of the George Orwell centenary (July/August SR).

Those of us who go back a few years will remember condemnation of the writer by Stalinists and right wingers alike, but it was the IS tradition that re-evaluated the man and his work. I was fortunate to see the 1954 BBC production of 1984 recently, with Peter Cushing as Winston Smith. It may have been murky, black and white with Crossroads-type rickety sets and cartoon graphics, but it was gripping and chilling. It is a high point of British television which deserves to be repeated.

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