John Hurt: Talking Pictures

John Hurt: Talking Pictures

Series 2



John Hurt’s recent death aged 77 robbed us of one of our most talented not to mention most interesting actors, and a man with probably the most glorious, recognisable voice in the world, like the sound of a rumbling train.

This Talking Pictures tribute features interviews with Hurt, who looks back at just some of his 100 films and his brilliant television work, including ground-breaking The Naked Civil Servant, in which he starred as the deliciously provocative Quentin Crisp.

We see clips from The Elephant Man, where he played the kind, decent and dignified John Merrick, and Midnight Express, where he was sickly heroin addict Max, a prisoner in a hellish Turkish jail.


A profile of the screen career of John Hurt, the celebrated British character actor who died last month, having made a name for himself via roles in films such as The Elephant Man, The Naked Civil Servant, Midnight Express and 1984. In a selection of rare archive interviews, John discusses some of his most iconic cinematic creations, his perspective on acting, and the tragedy that claimed the life of the woman he planned to marry.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Sylvia Syms
Executive Producer Carla-Maria Lawson
Producer Simon Catt
Series Producer Simon Goretzki
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