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New Alan Turing film from Millk and History Hit promises ‘entirely new take’


Manchester production company, MillK, has released a new documentary exploring the extraordinary life, work and legacy of modern computing pioneer and Enigma Codebreaker Alan Turing.

Alan Turing: The Pride of Manchester is narrated by local actress and star of Shameless, Peterloo, Black Mirror and many more Maxine Peake. It features Turing’s nephew Sir Dermot Turing, and offers exclusive access to previously unseen family records.

The Pride of Manchester is rooted in the City of Manchester and investigates lesser known aspects of Turing’s incredible work. Manchester played host to Turing’s greatest post-war achievements, including his development of the Turing Test for artificial intelligence, as well as the turbulent years leading to his tragic death by cyanide poisoning, deemed suicide by an inquest, in an apparent recreation of his favourite fairy tale, Snow White.

The film seeks to celebrate all that Turing represents for the people of Manchester and beyond and was commissioned by History Hit (a Little Dot Studios company), the podcast, SVOD and content platform founded by historian Dan Snow, where it is airing now to coincide with LGBTQ History month.

Executive producer Bill Locke, head of programming (SVOD) at History Hit, said: “It has been great working with MillK on this special project for History Hit. As well as being brilliant producers, they are totally embedded in Manchester, its culture and people, plus they have nurtured personal connections that enable the exploration of this story in a way that would otherwise simply not be possible. History Hit is delighted to be showing such a remarkable and thought-provoking film, part of our aim to bring such important stories to the screen, rooted in history but with modern relevance.”

Karen Milligan and Dermot Turing with the Alan Turing statue in Manchester's Sackville Gardens
Karen Milligan and Dermot Turing with the Alan Turing statue in Manchester’s Sackville Gardens

The project was written and directed by MillK founder Karen Milligan. She said: “This has been a labour of love and a project the whole team are immensely proud of. It’s a story rooted in our City of Manchester and unveils some never-before broadcast and vital aspects of Turing’s story. And it doesn’t stop here, in making this film we have uncovered some shocking realities around his legacy and its associations. We intend to take this further.”

Turing’s nephew Dermot added: “I am so pleased with this new film. Unlike the usual sepia-tinted story of Alan Turing’s life, this is an entirely new take. Looking at the issues we currently face, in particular the absurd piece of legislation about pardons for gay people, I think it turns upside-down the perceptions which have grown up about what Alan Turing stands for today.”

The film has also brought together a host of other Manchester creatives, both on and off-screen, including Manchester Pride’s Mark Fletcher, Manchester DJ and musician Clint Boon, local artist Justin Eagleton and the film crew and post-production talent at MillK and JAR Post in the heart of the City.

You can view the film on History Hit, which is also available on Amazon Prime, with a free seven-day trial currently available on both platforms.

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