The Trials of Oz

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The Trials of Oz
Written by Geoffrey Robertson
(adaptor of transcripts)
Directed by Sheree Folkson
Starring Hugh Grant
Leslie Phillips
Simon Callow
Nigel Hawthorne
Country of origin UK
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Simon Curtis
Editor(s) Stephen Newnham (video tape)
Camera setup multi-camera
Running time 90 mins.
Production company(s) BBC/ABC (Aus)
Original channel BBC 2
Picture format 4:3
First shown in 9 November 1991

The Trials of Oz is 1991 video-taped BBC television drama shown in the UK on 9 November 1991 as part of BBC 2's Performance anthology series of single plays.

It concerns the six-week trial in June and July 1971 trial in which the editors of the British underground magazine Oz were prosecuted on three charges, including obscenity. The play is an adaptation of the transcripts of the court case by Geoffrey Robertson, who was junior defence counsel at the trial. The re-enactment features Hugh Grant as Richard Neville, Peter O'Brien as Jim Anderson, Kevin Allen as Felix Dennis, Leslie Phillips as Judge Michael Argyle, Nigel Hawthorne as Brian Leary, Simon Callow as John Mortimer, Alfred Molina as George Melly, Lee Cornes as Marty Feldman, and Nigel Planer as John Peel.

The three accused were convicted of obscenity and given sentences ranging from nine to fifteen months, but released on appeal at which the trial judge was severely reprimanded for misdirecting the jury.

The play was nominated for a BAFTA Award as Best Single Drama.

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