The Naked Civil Servant

John Hurt won a BAFTA award for his rôle in this film, based on Quentin Crisp's autobiography. Hilarious and shocking for its day, this film was a breakthrough in TV's treatment of homosexuality. The BBC declined the offer to make it, while the IBA censored a line from Philip Mackie's witty script, "Sexual intercourse is a poor substitute for masturbation." The director Jack Gold scooped a BAFTA too. Verity Lambert executive produced, while Carl Davis composed the music. (tx: 17/12/1975)