|Breaking the Code|
|Based on||Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore|
|Directed by||Herbert Wise|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||75 minutes|
|Original release||2 February 1996|
Breaking the Code is a 1996 BBC television movie directed by Herbert Wise, based on the 1986 play by Hugh Whitemore about British mathematician Alan Turing, the play thematically links Turing's cryptographic activities with his attempts to grapple with his homosexuality.
The story focuses on the life of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who helped decode the Enigma code, used by the Germans to send secret orders to their U-boats in World War II. He also was one of the key contributors to the development of the digital computer. Turing was also a homosexual in Britain at a time when it was illegal.
- Derek Jacobi as Alan Turing
- Alun Armstrong as Mick Ross
- Blake Ritson as Christopher Morcom
- Prunella Scales as Sara Turing
- Harold Pinter as John Smith
- Richard Johnson as Dilwyn 'Dilly' Knox
- Amanda Root as Patricia 'Pat' Green
Derek Jacobi starred in an eight-month run of the play at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in London's West End beginning on 21 October 1986, and he stayed with the play when it ran on Broadway in New York City from 15 November 1987, to 10 April 1988.