Play for Today: The Imitation Game

Play for Today: The Imitation Game
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Harriet Walter and Brenda Blethyn star in a BBC Play for Today about the women who supported the war effort and helped crack the Enigma Code.’ 

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A passionate drama, first shown on BBC One in 1980, inspired by Ian McEwans research into Alan Turings cracking of the Enigma Code during World War Two, and the stories of the women who helped. It starred Harriet Walter in her first major screen role, and was produced and directed by Richard Eyre.

19-year-old Cathy Raine (Harriet Walter) is frustrated that she is expected to see out the war in a dull job on the production line at a local munitions factory in Frinton-on-Sea. Against the wishes of her father and fiance, in an effort to find a job with more self-fulfilment and excitement, she signs up for the Auxilliary Territorial Service (ATS).

In her workplace training she finds a friend in working class Mary (Brenda Blethyn), and finds a role in a listening station deciphering encoded German transmissions. She soon moves to the famous code-breaking facility at Bletchley Park, meeting Turing-like mathematics genius John Turner (Nicholas Le Provost) and admires his boundless curiosity.

But Cathy is kept in the dark about the secretive male hierarchy at the centre, until she comes across a secret intelligence file that may put her in danger.

The Play for Today series showcased some of the best of British acting talent and most prolific writers from 1970 - 1984.

What the Press Said:

"A Play for Today of rare distinction" - Clive James

Release Date: 1st October 2018

Format: DVD

Run Time: 92 mins

Discs: 1


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