The Year of the Sex Olympics

Starring: Leonard Rossiter (Co-ordinator Ugo Priest), Suzanne Neve (Deanie Webb), Tony Vogel (Nat Mender), Brian Cox (Laser Opie), Vickery Turner (Misch), George Murcell (Grels). Writer: Nigel Kneale. Director: Michael Elliott. BBC TV 1968

The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968) was a TV Play by Nigel Kneale first broadcast on BBC2 as part of Theatre 625 drama anthology series. It was repeated in 1971, cut by 15 minutes, as part of The Wednesday Play strand.

The hedonistic world portrayed owes much to the hedonistic dystopia of Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World (1932).

The Year of the Sex Olympics also explores the theme of language reduction; the reduced language, Ad Speak, is a notable constructed language owing much to Newspeak from George Orwell‘s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).

Read More:
  • Blumenthal, Ralph (1973) ”Porno chic; “Hard-core” grows fashionable-and very profitable”, The New York Times Magazine, 21 January 1973
  • Burgess, Anthony (1962) A Clockwork Orange
  • EvansRobert O. (1971) ”Nadsat: The Argot and Its Implications in Anthony Burgess’A Clockwork Orange (pdf) in Journal of Modern Literature, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Mar., 1971), pp. 406-410
  • Huxley, Aldous (1932) Brave New World
  • Jameson, Fredric (1972) The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism
  • Kneale, Nigel (1968) The Year of the Sex Olympics – The Screenplay (pdf extra on the BFI DVD release)
  • McLuhan, Marshall (1964) Understanding Media
  •  (1967) The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects
  • Murray, Andy (2006) Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale
  • Orwell, George (1949) Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Petley, Julian & Kim Newman (undated) ”Interview with Nigel Kneale”, Video Watchdog No. 47
  • Newman, Kim (2003) Sleeve notes to the BFI DVD release
  • Thoreau, Henry David (1854) Walden; or, a Life in the Woods

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