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BBC1 classic adaptation is as relevant now as when it was written – sadly | Vox Political

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David Thewlis as the Inspector and Finn Cole as Eric Birling in the BBC’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ [Image: BBC Pictures/Drama Republic].

David Thewlis as the Inspector and Finn Cole as Eric Birling in the BBC’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ [Image: BBC Pictures/Drama Republic].

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen An Inspector Calls, and don’t want to have it ruined for you, it would be a good idea not to read this article just yet.

The BBC took an unexpected – but welcome – turn to the Left for an hour and a half on Sunday evening (September 13), when it screened a new adaptation of An Inspector Calls.

The play, first performed in the then-Soviet Union in 1945, is considered to be a scathing critique of the hypocrisies of pre-World War One English society and an expression of Priestley’s Socialist political principles.

It details a visit by an ‘Inspector Goole’ to the stately home of the prosperous Middle Class (some might say Upper Class) Birling family, where he questions each family member about the suicide of a young working-class woman, Eva Smith (also known as Daisy Renton), revealing that they have…

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2 comments on “BBC1 classic adaptation is as relevant now as when it was written – sadly | Vox Political

  1. rebeccaMpells
    09/14/2015

    I watched this last night – and it certainly is relevant with regard to all that is happening in Europe at the moment. If we do not act with morality to help those fleeing persecution and war in their homelands then we are storing huge trouble for all our futures. Thanks for posting.

  2. First Night Design
    09/14/2015

    I’m so glad you found it pertinent, Rebecca. We certainly are storing up trouble. I try not to despair but it takes a lot of energy not to be disheartened by the inhumanity shown by those in power. I shall probably re-blog this on First Night History tomorrow!

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