Arts > Auntie on Big Brother: Memories of Nineteen Eighty-Four

09 November 2017 | by D.J. Taylor

Auntie on Big Brother: Memories of Nineteen Eighty-Four



Several ironies surrounded the unveiling of Martin Jennings’ eight-foot-high statue of George Orwell outside New Broadcasting House in London this week. The first is the deeply equivocal view that Orwell held of his two-and-a-bit-year stint in the corporation’s employ (1941-43), where he judged the atmosphere “halfway between a girls’ school and a lunatic asylum”. Another is that no record of the vocal style he brought to his broadcasts on the BBC’s Eastern Service survives.


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