British Television Drama Past, Present and Future

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-01-06
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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British Television Drama is a collection of essays by leading media professionals and academics, which debates the past, present and future of British television drama. Writers, producers and television executives reflect on the changing face of TV drama, and academics present case studies on critical approaches, general topics and specific programs. Contextualized by editors' introductions to each section, this often provocative collection will inspire debate and reappraisal of this formative aspect of television.

Author Biography

Jonathan Bignell is Senior Lecturer in Media Arts at Royal Holloway College, University of London. Stephen Lacey is Lecturer in Drama, Department of Film and Drama, University of Reading. Madeleine Macmurraugh-Kavanagh is Lecturer in English and Film and Drama, University of Reading.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Notes on the Contributors viii
Editors' Introduction 1(10)
Tony Garnett
Part I: Production Contexts 25(54)
Editors' Introduction to Part I
Television Drama Series: a Producer's View
Irene Shubik
TV Drama: Then and Now
John McGrath
Sydney Newman and the `Golden Age'
Shaun Sutton
The 1970s: Regional Variations
Barry Hanson
Writing Television Drama--Then and Now
Andrew Davies
`The Age of Innocence'
Alan Plater
Playing Shops, Shopping Plays: the Effect of the Internal Market on Television Drama
David Edgar
Part II: Critical Constructions--Approaches to TV Drama 79(106)
Editors' Introduction to Part II
Mapping the Terrain: Troy Kennedy Martin's Edge of Darkness
John Bull
Holding On: Signs of the City--The Motif of the Redemptive Journey in Tony Marchant's Holding On Peter Billingham
CODA: Tony Marchant, David Snodin (producer, Holding On, BBC TV) and Michael Wearing (former Head of BBC Drama) discuss Holding On with Peter Billingham
`What Truth is there in this Story?': the Dramatisation of Northern Ireland
Edward Braun
The Emancipatory Strategies of Reginald Perrin
Chris Fox
`Run Over by One's Own Story': Genre and Ethos in Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective
Antony Hilfer
Power Plays: Gender, Genre and Lynda La Plante
Julia Hallam
Too Secret for Words: Coded Dissent in Female-Authored Wednesday Plays
Madeleine Macmurraugh-Kavanagh
What do Actors do when they Act?
John Caughie
CODA: Timothy West discusses `Acting on Stage: Acting on Screen', followed by extracts from the discussion after his and John Caughie's presentations
Multiple Authorship in TV Drama: Trevor Griffiths's version of The Cherry Orchard
John Tulloch
Editors' Conclusion 185(5)
Select Bibliography 190(4)
Index 194

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