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TV TV April 18, 2000
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Herbert Wise
Breaking the Code
1996

With his special knack for quirky speech and brilliant portrayals of eccentrics, Derek Jacobi breathes life into the character of mathematician/cryptographer Alan Turing. Instrumental in unlocking the secret of the German Enigma machine, Turing was later persecuted for his unapologetic homosexuality in post-WWII England. While his contribution to the defeat of the Nazis remained classified for years and his prototype Turing Machine was not realized till after his suicide, he is now celebrated as one of the early geniuses of the digital age.


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