BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
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The Picture of Dorian Gray 

A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Director:

John Gorrie

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (by), John Osborne (dramatised by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
John Gielgud ... Lord Henry Wotton
Jeremy Brett ... Basil Hallward
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ... Lady Agatha
Nan Munro Nan Munro ... Duchess of Harley
Mark Dignam ... Lord Fermor
Michael Barrington ... Mr. Erskine
Judi Bowker ... Sibyl Vane
Gillian Raine Gillian Raine ... Mrs. Vane
Nicholas Ball ... James Vane
Lawrence Davidson Lawrence Davidson ... Victor
Reginald Barratt Reginald Barratt ... Mr. Hubbard
Paul Greenhalgh ... Francis
Nicholas Clay ... Alan Campbell
Peter Firth ... Dorian Gray
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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1976 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Lord Henry Wotton: Uncle George, I want to get something out of you.
Lord Fermor: Money, I suppose.
Lord Henry Wotton: No, no, no, it isn't money I want. You see, it's only people who pay their bills who want that, Uncle George, and I never pay mine.
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Version of Dorian (2005) See more »

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exceptionally 'queer' reading of Wilde's classic
22 August 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This BBC 'play of the month' positively revels in the gay subtext of 'Dorian Gray', and perhaps with the cast it has (John Gielgud as Henry, Jeremy Brett as Basil, Peter Firth as Dorian) this was inevitable. However it came about, it certainly gives the novel's dramatisation (courtesy of John Osbourne) considerable zip.

I do have a bit of a quibble with Peter Firth's Dorian, he is a bit too much of a petulant, self-centred brat to really highlight the complex character created by Wilde. But this is offset by the marvellous acting of Gielgud and Brett (and of Nicholas Clay as the unhappy scientist Alan, and Judi Bowker as Sybil Vane). Despite only being able to restrict the settings to 3/4 interiors the story comes through strongly - the only problem is how to convincingly convey the passing of a number of years, and I'm not quite sure the make-up department succeeded here!

Overall, though, this is an excellent version and great to see it dusted off and available again.


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