- BBC Two
- Leonie Orton, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Codron, Christopher Hampton, Patricia Routledge and Joe Orton
- Richard Curson Smith
- Richard Curson Smith and Franny Moyle
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.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Saturday 25th November 2017 on BBC Two at 9pm
- Episode length
- 80 minutes
- Last repeat
- Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 1:15am