Richard Burton playing G J Holyoake

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This photograph shows Richard Burton playing George Jacob Holyoake in 'A Subject of Scandal and Concern.' In the photograph he is stood in a prison cell wearing a white t-shirt. On the reverse of the print is written 'Richard Burton makes one of his rare television appearances when he plays George Jacob Holyoake in 'A Subject of Scandal and Concern', which will be seen on BBC tv on Sunday, November 6th, at 10.10 pm. The play is based on the trial in 1842 of George Jacob Holyoake, a poor young teacher and energetic member of the Social Missionary Society, who in a lecture to Society members denies the existence of God and is brought to the Magistrates' Court on a charge of blasphemy.'