Naked Civil Servant, The (ITV 1975, John Hurt, Liz Gebhardt)

First broadcast in 1975, the Naked Civil Servant, one of the top plays of the 1970’s. tells the true story of flamboyant homosexual Quentin Crisp from the early 1930’s to the then present day.

Winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA for John Hurt as best actor The Naked Civil Servant is a very funny piece of work with a great script by Philip Mackie, the 30’s and 40’s are extremely well captured, remember these were times when to be homosexual was a huge no-no.

John Hurt, who also provides a voice over narration for the film, captures Crisp to a tee and there are some fine supporting performances from well known faces including Roger Lloyd Pack as a gay friend of Quentin’s as well as Patricia Hodge and a very young Phil Daniels.

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production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×75 minutes / 1975

Writer: Philip Mackie
Producer: Barry Hanson
Music: Carl Davis
Design: Allan Cameron
Director: Jack Gold

John Hurt as Quentin Crisp
Patricia Hodge as Ballet Teacher
Katherine Schofield as Mrs. Pole
Lloyd Lamble as Mr. Crisp
John Rhys-Davies as Barndoor
Colin Higgins as Thumbnails
Liz Gebhardt as Art Student
Stanley Lebor as Mr. Pole
Antonia Pemberton as Mrs Longhurst
Stephen Johnstone as Young Quentin
Shane Briant as Norma
Roger Lloyd Pack as Liz
Adrian Shergold as Gloria
Phil Daniels as 1st Boy
Susan Wooldridge as Model
Quentin Crisp as Himself

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