Sunday Night Theatre was a long-running series of televised plays created by the BBC first in early 1950, and was regularly shown on Sundays until late 1959, when the last play, A Cup of Kindness, was staged.
Almost all of the entire original run of 721 plays is missing from television archives; for the first three years (March 1950- February 1953), the show was aired live and never recorded, hence no episodes from the first three years survive in any form. Most of the recorded episodes (1953–59) were later wiped by the BBC, with only 23 plays still extant in the archives as of 2009
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a British television adaptation of the novel of the same name by George Orwell, originally broadcast on BBC Television in December 1954. The production proved to be hugely controversial, with questions asked in Parliament and many viewer complaints over its supposed subversive nature and horrific content. In a 2000 poll of industry experts conducted by the British Film Institute to determine the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four was ranked in seventy-third position.