Joe Orton Laid Bare. Joe Orton. Copyright: IWC Media.

Joe Orton Laid Bare

BBC Two documentary about playwright Joe Orton. 1 episode in 2017. Features Leonie Orton, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Codron, Christopher Hampton and others.

Joe Orton Laid Bare. Copyright: IWC Media.

Joe Orton Laid Bare

A film that explores the wit, work and world of Joe Orton through his own words, and the testimony of those who knew him and worked with him

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2017
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
1
Features
Leonie Orton, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Codron, Christopher Hampton, Patricia Routledge and Joe Orton
Director
Richard Curson Smith
Producer
Richard Curson Smith

Fifty years since his murder at the hands of his lover Kenneth Halliwell, Joe Orton Laid Bare charts Joe's meteoric rise, one which began after his imprisonment for defacing library books in 1962.

The film celebrates the rapid development of his unique comic voice and his significant role in the culture of 60s swinging London. Joe's writing takes centre-stage in this account, with excerpts from his stage and TV plays and outrageous diaries. In addition, the circumstances of Joe's murder are re-examined and new insights provided into that tragic event.

Interviewees include Kenneth Cranham, Sir Michael Codron, Christopher Hampton, Dame Patricia Routledge and Joe Orton's sister, Leonie.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 25th November 2017 on BBC Two at 9pm
Episode length
80 minutes
Last repeat
Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 1:15am