British Writers/ Nigel Kneale: Into the Unknown

2022 marks the centenary of the birth of legendary screenwriter Nigel Kneale. To celebrate that fact, HOME’s annual screenwriter in focus season is devoted to Kneale’s work. Whilst many will be familiar with Nigel Kneale as one of the great creative forces within the field of science fiction on television, it may be surprising to learn that he was also a master at adaptation; both of his own works in other mediums and of work by others. So, enjoy a journey into the unknown this January with some surprising and well-known examples of the screenwriting work of Nigel Kneale.

Curated by Andy Murray, author of Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale and Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at University of Salford.

Previously in this season

Quatermass and the Pit

A stone-cold sci-fi/horror classic. What begins with the discovery of curious remains on the site of an London Underground line extension unfurls to challenge the…

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Talk/ Nigel Kneale: Into the Unknown

This one-hour event will feature writer, actor and stand-up comedian Toby Hadoke in conversation with Kneale biographer and season co-programmer Andy Murray.

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The Abominable Snowman

At a Tibetan monastery, two rival expedition teams, one British, one American, head off on the trail of the mythical beasts said to inhabit the…

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Look Back in Anger

University graduate Jimmy Porter and his wife Alison lead a tense, dispiriting bedsit existence. When Alison's well-heeled friend Helena comes to stay, it sparks a…

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The Witches

In the pretty English village of Heddaby, new schoolteacher Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine) finds herself enmeshed with secret occultists. From a novel by Norah Lofts.

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The Entertainer

The post-war Britain of tensions & fractured dreams is presented through the prism of fast-fading seaside music hall turn Archie Rice (Olivier) and assorted tangled…

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Wuthering Heights

A 1962 revival production by Rudolph Cartier of Nigel Kneale's acclaimed earlier TV take on Emily Bronte's classic novel

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Cleaving closely to George Orwell's novel about a totalitarian future Britain, this TV landmark charts the impoverished life of Ministry of Truth worker Winston Smith…

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The Woman in Black

Unavailable for many years, Kneale's small-screen take on Susan Hill's ghost story novella is a bewitching, potent late-career highlight that leaves the later Hammer film…

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