About the Film
Sixty-year-old self-educated working-class Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent) appears in Court Number 1 at the Old Bailey, pleading not guilty to charges of stealing Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington and its frame from the National Gallery in London.
Six months earlier, in spring 1961, he sent a script to the BBC from his native Newcastle upon Tyne. Soon afterwards he is jailed at Durham for thirteen days for watching TV without a licence. Although he can afford one, he refuses to do so as part of his campaign against pensioners having to pay for it; part of his wider strong beliefs about supporting the common man.
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