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Breaking The Code, Starring Derek Jacobi As Alan Turing, Alun Armstrong, Blake Ritson as Christopher Morcom, Prunella Scales, Harold Pinter, Richard Johnson And Amanda Root, In Herbert Wise's 1996 BBC Biopic Docudrama Based On Hugh Whitemore's 1986 Play Breaking The Code, About The Trouble Life, Genius And Sexuality Of Alan Turing, English Mathematician, Computer Scientist, Logician, Cryptanalyst, Philosopher And Theoretical Biologist During And After His Years Leading The British Effort To Break The German Enigma Cypher Code While Being Persecuted For Being A Homosexual, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! (Color, 1996, 1 Hour 15 Minutes.)
Derek Jacobi as Alan Turing
Alun Armstrong as Mick Ross
Blake Ritson as Christopher Morcom
Prunella Scales as Sara Turing
Harold Pinter as John Smith
Richard Johnson as Dilwyn 'Dilly' Knox
Amanda Root as Patricia 'Pat' Green
Breaking The Code is a 1996 BBC television movie directed by Herbert Wise, based on the 1986 play by Hugh Whitemore about British mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, that thematically links Turing's cryptographic activities with his attempts to grapple with his homosexuality. It reprises Derek Jacobi's stage role as Turing. The movie won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award and was nominated for two BAFTA TV awards, one for best single drama and one for best actor (Derek Jacobi), and for a GLAAD Media Award.
Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS, English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist, was born Alan Mathison Turing in Maida Vale, London. He was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. During the Second World War, he worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GCAndCS) at Bletchley Park, Britain' codebreaking centre that produced Ultra intelligence. For a time he led Hut 8, the section which was responsible for German naval cryptanalysis. Here he devised a number of techniques for speeding the breaking of German ciphers, including improvements to the pre-war Polish bombe method, an electromechanical machine that could find settings for the Enigma machine. Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements, including the Battle of the Atlantic, and in so doing helped win the war. Alan Turing died at his home at Wilmslow, Cheshire, England on June 7, 1954 at the age of 41. On June 8, Turing's housekeeper found him dead; he had died the previous day. Cyanide poisoning was established as the cause of death. When his body was discovered, an apple lay half-eaten beside his bed, and although the apple was not tested for cyanide, it was speculated that this was the means by which Turing had consumed a fatal dose. An inquest determined that he had committed suicide. Andrew Hodges and another biographer, David Leavitt, have both speculated that Turing was re-enacting a scene from the Walt Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), his favourite fairy tale. Both men noted that (in Leavitt's words) he took "an especially keen pleasure in the scene where the Wicked Queen immerses her apple in the poisonous brew". Turing's remains were cremated at Woking Crematorium on June 12, 1954, and his ashes were scattered in the gardens of the crematorium, just as his father's had been.
Sir Derek George Jacobi CBE, English actor. Jacobi is known for his work at the Royal National Theatre and for his film and television roles, was born October 22 1938 in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He's received numerous accolades including a BAFTA Award, two Olivier Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Tony Award. He was given a knighthood for his services to theatre by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994. Jacobi started his professional acting career with Laurence Olivier as one of the original founding members of the National Theatre. He has appeared in numerous Shakespearean stage productions including Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet. Jacobi received the Laurence Olivier Award, for the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1983 and Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 2009. He also won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing in 1985. Jacobi has also made numerous television appearances including starring as Claudius in the BBC series I, Claudius (1976), for which he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor. He received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for The Tenth Man (1988), and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Frasier (2001). He's also known for his roles in the medieval drama series Cadfael (1994-1998), the HBO film The Gathering Storm (2002), the ITV sitcom Vicious (2013-2016) and in BBC's Last Tango in Halifax (2012-2020). He portrayed Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, in the third season of the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown in 2019. Though principally a stage actor, Jacobi has appeared in a number of films, including Othello (1965), The Day of the Jackal (1973), Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Hamlet (1996), Gladiator (2000), Nanny McPhee (2005), The Riddle (2007), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Anonymous (2011), Cinderella (2015), and Murder on the Orient Express (2017). Jacobi has also earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards along with the ensemble cast for Robert Altman's Gosford Park (2001), and Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (2010).