Homage To Catalonia [The Real George Orwell]

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Adapted by Mike Walker. In 1936 Eric and Eileen Blair were making ends meet by running a small village shop in Wallington and growing vegetables. Eric had recently sent 'The Road to Wigan Pier' to Victor Gollancz, hoping it would be published. But then news came from Spain that Franco's Nationalists had risen up against the elected Republican government. In this first episode of his autobiographical account, Eric decides to go to Spain - not just to record the struggle but to fight the Fascists. Unusually tall, and with size 12 feet, he immediately stood out amongst the locals. He joined a badly organised and ill equipped militia, armed with dud bombs and rusty guns. It was a decision that would nearly cost him his life, and produce one of the most vivid accounts of the Spanish Civil War.

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

Eric Blair goes to Spain to report on the fight against fascism.

A journey exploring the man Eric Blair and the writer George Orwell

022013020320200129 (BBC7)
20200128 (BBC7)

Adapted by Mike Walker. The final episode of Eric Blair's autobiographical account of the Spanish Civil War. The fighting at the front is deadlocked. Freezing temperatures, ancient guns and dud ammunition only add to their woes. Eric's spirits are cheered by a visit from his wife, Eileen, but when they take the train to Barcelona they find the atmosphere changed. Last time there were no class divisions, no masters and servants, only comrades. Now the waiters are calling their customers 'Sir' again. To add to the confusion the different factions of the Left are all fighting each other. Then Georges Kopp is arrested and imprisoned; others are tortured. The Blairs begin to realise they are in terrible danger and must flee for their lives.

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

Caught between the different factions, Eric and Eileen find themselves in terrible danger.

A journey exploring the man Eric Blair and the writer George Orwell