Breaking the Code
Breaking the Code

Breaking the Code (1997)

Breaking the Code

Breaking the Code (1986)

Budget (GBP) 0
Distribution Company

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)   (Cultural Institution | Est. 1922)

Release Date 16 February 1997
Black and White No
Regional Release No
Release Notes Canada 17 September 1996;
USA 2 February 1997;
UK 5 February 1997;
USA 7 June 1998 (New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival);
Germany 3 June 2001;
Slovakia 5 November 2003 (Slovakia Gay Film Festival).
Description Based on the play of the same name, Breaking the Code examines the plight of Alan Turing (played by Derek Jacobi), the mathematical genius recruited by the British Government during World War Two to decipher the Germans' 'Enigma Code' and later persecuted for his open homosexuality. Pinter played the part of John Smith (a Home Office agent). "Harold Pinter [...] was so unnervingly spooky that I don't believe he was acting at all" (The Sunday Times, 9 February 1997).
Language English

Linked Productions

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Linked People

Hugh Whitemore

Creative | Author (original play)

Herbert Wise

Creative | Director

John Drury

Production | Executive Producer

Rebecca Eaton

Production | Executive Producer

Jack Emery (1944)

Production | Producer

Richard Langridge

Production | Executive Producer

Andrew Rowley

Production | Series Producer

John Rushton

Production | Line producer

Robin Vidgeon

Technical | Director of photography

Laurence Méry-Clark

Creative | Editor

Pippa Ailion

Technical | Casting Director

Barbara Gosnold

Creative | Production Designer

Fiona McNeil

Creative | Art Director

Frances Tempest

Creative | Costume Designer

Kate Benton

Creative | Makeup Artist

Kate Hodgson

Creative | Makeup Artist

Pam Meager

Creative | Makeup Designer

Simon Hinkly

Creative | First Assistant Director

Steve Robinson

Creative | Second Assistant Director

Andrew Woodhead

Creative | Third Assistant Director

Dave Channon

Technical | Construction manager

Jayne Libotte

Production | Production buyer

Ray Perry

Production | Property buyer

Philip Alton

Technical | Sound Editor

Maurice Hillier

Technical | Sound Recordist

Liam Ryan

Technical | Sound Engineer

Rupert Scrivener

Technical | Dubbing mixer

Jack Collins

Technical | Gaffer

Paul Harris

Technical | Electrician

Paul Hatchman

Technical | Grip

Danny Shelmerdine

Technical | Focus puller

Colin Vinton

Technical | Electrician

Berndt Wiese

Technical | Clapper loader

Peter Wing

Technical | Best boy

Ollie Clarke

Technical | Wardrobe master

Shirley Nevin

Technical | Wardrobe mistress

Mags Arnold

Technical | Assistant editor

Adam Richards

Production | Location manager

P. J. Simpson

Production | Location manager

Carole Brooks

Production | Production accountant

Julia Hallawell

Production | Unit Runner

Jane Jacomb-Hood

Production | Production Assistant

Susie Jones

Production | Script supervisor

Tanya Latif

Production | Production Coordinator

Ian Maxen

Production | Unit Runner

Stephen Rouse

Production | Unit Runner

Barbara Szabo

Production | Production accountant

Alan Williams

Production | Unit Runner

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Alan Turing (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Derek Jacobi (1938)

Mick Ross (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Alun Armstrong (1946)

Christopher Morcum (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Blake Ritson (1978)

Sara Turing (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Prunella Scales (1932)

Ron Miller (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Julian Kerridge

John Smith (Breaking the Code) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Harold Pinter (1930 - 2008)

Dilwyn 'Dilly' Knox (Breaking the Code) (Age: Not Specified)

Performer: Richard Johnson (1927 - 2015)

Patricia "Pat" Green (Breaking the Code) (Age: Not Specified, Female)

Performer: Amanda Root (1963)

Smoker (Breaking the Code) (Age: Not Specified)


Performer: Scott McKinstry (1965)

Linked Awards

Broadcasting Press Award





Nominated: Best single drama.



Nominated: Best Actor: Derek Jacobi


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Harold Pinter's Official Website


Description of film adapted from 'TV Acting' page.