The News Benders 1968

The News Benders 1968

Warning: full synopses contain ‘spoilers’ which give away key

plot points. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know the ending!

Robert Larkin, a successful BBC documentary film director, has

an appointment with the mysterious ‘JG’ at the office of CWNS

(Classified World News Service). CWNS operates between

government and media companies, supplying news footage and

stills. After detailing Larkin’s career, JG reports on details

of his private life, including an affair. He reveals that Larkin

had been fitted with a miniature transmitter during a surgical

procedure some years earlier, through which he has since been

monitored. From this data, CWNS identified Larkin as being

suited to working at their organization. Larkin is disbelieving

and about to leave until JG plays back a recording of him in a

private moment with his mistress. JG tells Larkin that he wants

him to help invent new stories for 1973. JG shows Larkin through

to a studio containing models and miniature films sets depicting

a moon landing, scheduled for 1973. JG plays him the film with

commentary that they have already recorded. Elsewhere in the

studio are models of an orbital weapons system and models and

film of the results of a projected Chinese nuclear attack on an

Indian border village. Larkin begins to realize that the public

will accept the news of such remote objects and incidents of

which they would never have had their own experience. Larkin is

shocked to learn that the worrying new American Intercontinental

Ballistic Missile ‘Boy Wonder’ is just a model, the story has

been set up to capture his attention. JG reveals that deceptions

such as these have been going on since the atomic bombing of

Hiroshima and that the H bomb does not actually work. Returning

to his office, JG explains that the organization thinks Larkin

would be suited to working on more ‘soft’ news items, such as a

proposed anti-teenage movement or a religious revival. JG plays

a further extract from Larkin’s conversation with his mistress

to illustrate the qualities the organization admires in him. JG

explains that since failures to develop new weapons after the

Second World War, the Americans, British, and Russians have

collaborated on the deception of the cold war. The Chinese

follow a similar strategy and it is hoped they too will come on

board. JG goes on to explain that all the crises which could

lead to the deployment of these fictitious weapons are also

invented and stage-managed. CWNS sits above the civil servants

and the military, controlling all. Larkin is angry at this use

of scare tactics and JG goes on to explain that it is not just

fear but the money they use to control the population, by

managing the economy. They can stimulate the economy with

threatening news stories, provoking spending. He reveals that

his department was also responsible for the development of LSD

to counter the activities of protest movements. Larkin is

incredulous to learn that higher up in the building, and

therefore in the hierarchy of the organization, is a computer.

JG offers Larkin a starting salary of £250,000, rising to £1

million once he reaches a position in the Ministry of Morality.

Despite this, Larkin remains disgusted at the idea of CWNS and

declines the job offer. As Larkin tries to leave, JG uses an

example surgical transmitter to demonstrate the devices’

explosive properties. He explains that it may be operated

remotely. JG informs Larkin that he will be starting on Monday.
BBC2’s Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965-73) was an attempt to

reintroduce live drama to British television at a time when most

program-makers had – gratefully – put the method behind them.

However, the live element didn’t last long, being phased out in

favor of the convenience of pre-recording. Even so, a handful of

the series’ plays remained live until 1968, ‘The News-Benders’

being one of the last. The News-Benders is directed by Rudolph

Cartier, who had made his name in the 1950s with ambitious live

productions. The story is essentially a two-hander, performed

entirely within a handful of sets but, for all its simplicity,

Cartier’s direction is stylish and assured. The continuity of

the action is disturbed only once, with a brief cutaway shot of

JG’s secretary covering the actors’ move from one set into

another. The live production method may be backward-looking, but

Desmond Lowden’s script is prophetic in several respects.

Although its predicted date of the moon landing significantly

overshoots the reality, it strikingly pre-empts subsequent

conspiracy theories which suggested the event was faked in a

film studio. It also prophesies the rise of politically powerful

global media organizations and the surveillance culture that

inspired many later conspiracy dramas.
Donald Pleasence: Blythe ‘The Forger’ in The Great Escape

(1963) Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice (1967) Dr.


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