Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen) and featuring a remarkable performance by Ian McKellen,
Walter remains one of the most acclaimed and poignant dramas ever made for British television – the
first ever Film on Four, it was chosen as the centrepiece drama for the launch night of Channel 4 in 1982.
Walter is the disturbing story of a man with mental and physical difficulties who is left at the mercy of
society’s attitudes following the death of his parents. The drama’s unflinching treatment of its subject
inevitably shocked, but also drew overwhelming praise from viewers and critics, with McKellen receiving
a Royal Television Society Award for his harrowing, rigorously researched portrayal