The Naked Civil Servant is a 1975 TV film based on the 1968 autobiography by Quentin Crisp, of the same name which stars John Hurt in the lead role. It was directed by Jack Gold, written by Philip Mackie and produced by Verity Lambert, and was originally transmitted on 17 December 1975.
The 90 minute film was produced by Thames Television for the British Television channel ITV. Crisp is depicted from youth to middle age. For his performance, Hurt won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in 1976 and the production also won the 1976 Prix Italia. In 1976 it was shown on US television channel WWOR-TV and later PBS when Thames Television and WOR-TV exchanged programming for one week.
In 2000 it was placed fourth in a poll by industry professionals to find the BFI TV 100 of the 20th century. The film was released on DVD in 2005. In 2009, Hurt reprised the role of Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York, which covered the latter years of Crisp's life in New York.
- The Naked Civil Servant (film) at the Internet Movie Database
- The Quentin Crisp Archives
- Entry on the BFI TV 100 site
- British Film Institute Screen Online
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