The film is a cavalcade of the passionate and comic life of a self-professed homosexual, Quentin Crisp. Drawn from his own book, this drama captures the bittersweet experiences of his youthful days in the 1930s, ill-fated friendships and the inevitable encounters with prejudice and the law. What emerges is the poignant story of an enduring battle for self-expression, one that has brought few moments of real happiness but equally the fulfilment of confronting the world with the truth about oneself.
The Naked Civil Servant brings together leading figures in British Television drama, from scriptwriter Philip Mackie and director Jack Gold to producer Barry Hanson and executive producer Verity Lambert. Its excellence has been acknowledged by both a Prix Italia and an International Emmy Award. John Hurt's virtuoso performance in the leading role was honoured by a British Academy Award (BAFTA).