Dir. Rudolph Cartier. UK, 1954 120 mins (12)
Peter Cushing, Yvonne Mitchell.

This production, in our opinion, is the best adaptation of the classic book. An amazing BBC TV production broadcast in 1954, it was a live production and whilst the story is already very dark, the treatment of Smith at the end was not glossed over – daring given the time it was made.

Cushing is perfect as Smith and a young Donald Pleasance plays Syme brilliantly – most memorably describing how beautiful destroying old world words is.

If you have never seen this version, it’s a must.