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.”