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Breaking the Code is scheduled to air on PBS on Sunday, Feb. 2,9:00pm Eastern Time, on Mobil Masterpiece Theatre. (Check local listings.)

Based on the play by Hugh Whitemore andthe book, "Alan Turing: the Enigma" by Andrew Hodges, this programtells the story of Turing (Derek Jacobi), the mathematical geniuswho was responsible for designing the computer that enabled theallies to crack the German Enigma code and, some would argue, winthe war. On Churchill's specific instructions, Turing was given allthe resources he required and his personal behavior was tolerated- Turing was an active homosexual at a time when homosexuality wasillegal. Amanda Root, Prunella Scales, Harold Pinter, AlunArmstrong and Richard Johnson also star.