Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Breaking the Code

1996 British Television Movie

Cast: Derek Jacobi, Alun Armstrong, Blake Ritson, William Mannering, Prunella Scales, Julian Kerridge, Harold Pinter, Richard Johnson and Amanda Root
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Hugh Whitemore, based on his play and the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

British mathematical genius Alan Turing grapples with his homosexuality as he struggles to decipher the German Enigma code during World War II.



  • VHS: Available
  • Books: Available

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  • BAFTA TV Award nominations for Best Single Drama and Actor (Jacobi).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Made for TV Movie.

  • Andrew Hodges' 1992 biography Alan Turing: The Enigma was also the basis for The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.
  • Hugh Whitemore's play Breaking the Code premiered in London in 1986, then made its Broadway debut the following year. Derek Jacobi starred as Alan Turing in both productions (receiving a Tony Award nomination for the latter) prior to recreating his performance for this film.
  • Originally broadcast in the United States by PBS on Masterpiece Theatre.

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  • In addition to The Imitation Game, Alan Turing is the subject of the 2011 made for TV biopic Codebreaker.

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