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I watched this on British tv in the late 1960s/early 1970s - no later than 72..I remember it was black and white but my parents never got a colour TV until 1976!

It was a B movie or a TV movie set in a society similar to 1984 and Big Brother, you were watched for signs of dissent against the government - however this society had a fully fledged rebel organisation with secret codes and hideouts.

One scene a couple of rebels were watching rebel captives being taken to execution, they were mouthing hatred along with the other onlookers while simultaneously passing whispered instructions to one another. I think an armed uprising was being planned.

I think the accents were a weird sort of mid Atlantic so probably it was intended for both the US and the UK

Unfortunately my mother decided she wanted to watch some old romantic drama so I never saw what happened

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  • I did a quick scan through TVTropes's Big Brother is Watching page, but nothing popped out. So the chief distinguishing factor is this secret society with coded phrases?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jun 15, 2022 at 20:15
  • Yeah, the secret society...so like BB but a whole mob of rebels, not just a loving couple. I remember thinking at the time (we'd just been reading it at school) "Hey, this is a bit like that story"
    – Danny Mc G
    Jun 15, 2022 at 20:51
  • The first thing I thought of was Yevgeny Zamyatin's We but there weren't any adaptations in the late 60's / early 70's. Another possibility is Logan's Run.
    – Spencer
    Jun 15, 2022 at 21:37
  • No not Logan's Run, I remember going to watch that in the cinema with my mates as a teenager
    – Danny Mc G
    Jun 16, 2022 at 1:50
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    Could it have been Fahrenheit 451. It's a colour movie, but you say you didn't get a colour TV until 1976. It's based on a book by Ray Bradbury. The movie is kind of B, and the 2018 remake is even worse. Jun 16, 2022 at 1:58

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A possibility is Home Sweet Honeycomb, an episode in the anthology series Theatre 625, and broadcast May 13 1968. Screen adaptation of a play.

Fantasy about a world where anyone who does not conform to bourgeois norms is ritually executed.

Some information about the play here and here.

About the right date, the right country, and fits the general sort of theme.

Sadly, the episode no longer exists.

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  • I think that's probably it, well done and thanks
    – Danny Mc G
    Jun 16, 2022 at 8:09
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Mayhaps, The Prisoner (1967 UK)

I am not a number; I AM A FREE MAN!

I haven't actually watched it but I do remember the commercials for it - very dark and dystopian with some strange white balloon that monitors everyone in the town. The theme and the year fit.

Although internal physical movement of residents around the Village is unconstrained, the premises are secured by numerous high-tech monitoring systems and security forces, including a balloon-like automaton called Rover, that recaptures or kills those who attempt escape. The man encounters the Village's population, hundreds of people from all walks of life and cultures, all seeming to be peacefully and mostly enjoyably living out their lives. They do not use names, but have been assigned numbers which, aside from designations such as Two, Three, and Six, give no clue as to any person's status within the Village, whether as prisoners or guards. Potential escapees, therefore, have no idea whom they can and cannot trust.

It had a somewhat distinctive look - the main guy seemed to wear these suits with the outlined lapels.

Man wearing a black suit with white stripes on the lapels

IMDB - The Prisoner

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    Hmmmm... Active on SF&F, but has never watched The Prisoner. I can only conclude that you are a spy in the vanguard of an alien invasion of the Earth...
    – Jon Custer
    Jun 16, 2022 at 13:38
  • That's mostly just about 1 guy in 1 small town though. Not an entire society. (There are other people apparently also being watched, but if they're not just background extras, they pretty much always turn out to be watchers themselves, or they're killed off in the same episode in which they're introduced - sometimes both.) Jun 16, 2022 at 14:34
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    An incredible series, but doesn't really match the OP's description.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jun 16, 2022 at 16:44
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    Never watched this, but it clearly inspired a kickass Maiden song: youtu.be/a7LH__BPqSY
    – Deepak
    Jun 17, 2022 at 2:54

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