Running Time 1hr 30mins
Tamsin Greig and Nicky Henson star in BBC Radio dramatisation of Orwell’s classic novel.
‘All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.’ Animal Farm – the history of a revolution that went wrong – is George Orwell’s brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion, under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges… This thought-provoking drama was first broadcast as part of BBC Radio’s The Real George Orwell season – a Radio 4 journey that explored the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell.
2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.
George Orwell (1903-1950) is one of England’s most famous writers and social commentators. He is the author of the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is also well known for his essays and journalism, particularly his works covering his travels and his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. His writing is celebrated for its piercing clarity, purpose and wit and his books continue to be bestsellers all over the world.