George Orwell worked at the BBC - he made programmes for Indian audiences for about eighteen months early in WW2. He had moved on by the time his ‘fairy story’ Animal Farm was published, though, and came back to write a radio adaptation of the novel for transmission on the Third Programme on 14 January 1947. His adaptation was produced by his friend and sometime sparring partner Rayner Heppenstall. Music was composed by Antony Hopkins. The cast included Frank Atkinson, Margot van der Burgh, John Chandos, Vivienne Chatterton, Andrew Churchman, Richard George, Deryck Guyler, Betty Hardy, Charles Maunsell, Hugh Munro, Bryan Powley, Norman Shelley, Ronald Simpson, Gladys Spencer, Raf de la Torre, Marjorie Westbury and the BBC Variety Chorus.