18 certificatePrick Up Your Ears is a Film programme that first aired in 1987 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Prick Up Your Ears is a 4 star programme

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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Directed by
Stephen Frears

This is harrowing stuff, tough going, but ultimately very rewarding. Underpinned by Alan Bennett's sparkling script, director Stephen Frears does a good job of telling the real-life story of gifted playwright Joe Orton, who was battered to death by his lover Kenneth Halliwell in 1967.

At times more of a gay melodrama than a straight-forward docu-flick, Gary Oldman turns in a fine performance as Joe Orton, supported by Alfred Molina as Kenneth Halliwell and Vanessa Redgrave as Peggy Ramsay.

Highly recommended.

Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1987

4/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour

When is Prick Up Your Ears next on TV?

It's next showing on London Live October 27th, 10:00pm and on London Live October 29th, 12:40am. See more...


Image for Gary OldmanGary Oldman...Joe Orton
Image for Alfred MolinaAlfred Molina...Kenneth Halliwell
Image for Vanessa RedgraveVanessa Redgrave...Peggy Ramsay
Frances Barber...Leonie Orton
Janet Dale...Mrs. Sugden
Image for Julie WaltersJulie Walters...Elsie Orton
Bert Parnaby...The Magistrate
Margaret Tyzack...Madame Lambert
Image for Lindsay DuncanLindsay Duncan...Anthea Lahr
Image for Wallace ShawnWallace Shawn...John Lahr
Dave Atkins...Mr. Sugden
John Bailey...Wigmaker
Stephen Bill...George Barnett
Jane Blackburn...Woman in gallery 1
Mark Brignal...Beatles chauffeur
Selina Cadell...Miss Datersby
Antony Carrick...Counsil
Joanne Connelly...Stage manager
Garry Cooper...Actor1 Mr Sloane
Philippa Davies...Peggy ramsay's secretary