Synopsis: The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life, Turing visited a psychiatrist, Dr. Franz Greenbaum, who tried to help him. Each therapy session in this drama documentary is based on real events. The conversations between Turing and Greenbaum explore the pivotal moments in his controversial life and examine the pressures that may have contributed to his early death. The film also includes the testimony of people who actually knew and remember Turing. Plus, this film features interviews with contemporary experts from the world of technology and high science including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. These contributors bring Turing's exciting impact up to the present day, explaining why, in many ways, modern technology has only just begun to explore the potential of Turing's ideas.
Director(s): Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey
Production: TODpix
  1 nomination.
62 min

One day ladies will be walking their

computers in the park and saying

'do you know, my iittie computer

said a very funny thing to me this morning'.

In 1952, the greatest

mathematician of his time

the man who gave birth to the

computer age was in torment.

He was a recently convicted criminal.

In distress, he turned to a psychiatrist.

So what did you say to the police?

I told them I'd been having

an affair with Arnold Murray

and that he'd given my

address to a young man

who was known to burgle

men he'd met for sex.

This man was Alan Turing.

Just a few years before, he'd helped

to turn the course of World War Two

by cracking Germany's

secret military codes.

Turing is one of the great original

thinkers of the 20th century.

He had thoughts that

nobody else was having.

Ten years earlier, he'd laid down

the foundations for the computer.

There's often a seed

that everything came from.

Alan Turing basically came up with

everything that computers do today.

During his lifetime, Turing's

achievements went unrecognised.

Instead he was disgraced.

But I can't get it outside myself to do it.

We all have decisions to make.

What are you saying?

I wish they'd leave me alone.

This film tells the story of Alan Turing

and how his ideas changed our world.

You may have something there, doctor.

The psychiatrist Alan Turing sought

help from was Doctor Franz Greenbaum

a German Jew who had fled to Britain

just before World War Two.

Presumably you'd like me to stop as well

but I can tell you now,

there's little point in trying.

Like you to stop what?

Pursuing... male...



We're not here for me,

you're here for you.

It doesn't matter to me what you do

as long as you're not in conflict over it.

Our father Franz Greenbaum

was treating Alan in the early 1950s.

He turned up in the most extraordinary

clothes when he came.

He looked as though he'd

been out of a rag bag.

I don't think our Dad was

in any way prejudiced...

towards homosexuality.

- Oh, I'm sure he wasn't. No.

At that time, in England,

that was considered quite way out.

So, how do we do this?

We talk.

What do I have to say?

You don't have to say anything.

But you should feel free

to say whatever you like.

There are some things I can't say,

things you can't know, about the war...

Things you can't even think.

There are some things about which

I'm under an obligation

a legal obligation, to remain discreet.

Well, there may be things

that you feel you can't discuss

but direct conversation is not the only way

that material gets conveyed.

How else does material get conveyed?

Through dreams, for instance.

Well then, I certainly won't be

telling you my dreams.

I am his nephew. That means that my father,

John, was Alan's older brother.

John and Alan were sons of the Empire.

Their father, my grandfather,

was in the Indian civil service.

When my father was four years old

and my grandmother is pregnant with Alan

they're sent back to England

and are left with a foster family

and they don't see their parents again

until my grandfather has

his next bout of long leave

which is going to be in several years' time.

I mean, I suspect that some of the

eccentricities or perhaps being withdrawn

or being able to disappear into his own world

could be attributed to some of that.

We're in the archive of Sherborne School

and this is a photograph from 1926.

Alan Turing, who was then 14,

is on the far left on the bottom row

looking at the camera very intently

with great concentration.

You almost wonder if he was thinking

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Craig Warner

Craig Warner (born 25 April 1964) is a multiple award-winning playwright and screenwriter who lives and works in Suffolk, England. His play Strangers on a Train, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, ran in London's West End in 2013–14, and starred Jack Huston, Laurence Fox, Miranda Raison, Imogen Stubbs, Christian McKay, and MyAnna Buring. It was directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and produced by Barbara Broccoli. He wrote The Queen's Sister for Channel 4, which was nominated for several BAFTA awards (including Best Single Drama), Maxwell for BBC2, which garnered a Broadcasting Press Guild Award nomination for Best Single Drama and won David Suchet an International Emmy for Best Actor, and The Last Days of Lehman Brothers , for which Warner was longlisted for a BAFTA Craft Award for Best Writer, and which won him the award for Best Writer at the Seoul International Drama Awards in 2010. He wrote the mini-series Julius Caesar for Warner Bros., which gained Warner a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Original Long-Form Drama, and he performed an extensive uncredited rewrite on The Mists of Avalon, also for Warner Bros., which was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and nine Emmys, including Best Mini-series. Warner wrote the screenplay for Codebreaker, a film about Alan Turing. Craig Warner started out writing for the theatre and for radio. His first radio play for BBC Radio 4, Great Men of Music, was performed by Philip Davis and was included in Radio 4's first Young Playwrights Festival. His second play By Where the Old Shed Used to Be, with Miranda Richardson, won the Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio Plays of the Year, and it was included in the volume of winners for 1989, published by Methuen. His play Figure With Meat also won a Giles Cooper Award and was published in the Methuen volume of 1991. Craig Warner is the award's youngest ever winner, having received it for the first time when he was 24. He is also a composer and has written music and songs for a number of his works, including a full-length musical for BBC Radio 3 about the legend of Cassandra, called Agonies Awakening. Warner received a BA in Philosophy from King's College London and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He was born in Los Angeles. more…

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