This is the official blog of the ‘History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK’ project, Royal Holloway College, University of London. This 3-year AHRC-funded project will explore why many television dramas made in the regions and nations of the UK between 1946 and 1982 have been ‘forgotten’ while others have been elevated to the canon of ‘classic’ British television dramas (where ‘British’ often means ‘English’). While there may be good reason why some dramas have been forgotten, perhaps because they no longer exist, the project seeks to uncover a ‘lost history’ of UK television drama by bringing to light … Continue reading About the Project
Although BBC Television began broadcasting in the London area in 1936, television did not come to the Midlands until December 1949 when the Sutton Coldfield transmitter was opened. Initially television programmes transmitted in the Midlands came from London and it was not until late 1951 that TV programmes started to be produced by BBC Midland. Initially programmes were produced using an Outside Broadcast unit, which was shared between BBC Midland and BBC North, and one of the first outside broadcasts was an amateur boxing contest, live from the Delicia Stadium in Gosta Green. Four years later the Delicia Stadium, which had also been a cinema, was converted to become the first television studio in the Midlands. Continue reading “Drama from Gosta Green (1956-71)”
Researching old television drama is often an archaeological process. When programmes don’t survive, a trained historian and theorist can sometimes pick up (and hopefully convey) some idea of what they might have been like through secondary sources. The most helpful … Continue reading Finding a fragment of a lost television drama: The last seven minutes of ‘Play of the Month: The Magistrate’ (BBC1 20 December 1972)
By John Hill
The directors Ken Loach and Ken Russell are usually considered to be operating at opposite ends of the aesthetic scale with Loach traditionally associated with documentary-realist sobriety and Russell identified with neo-romantic excess…
“I want to say first that whenever I wrote a play, comedy or otherwise, I felt I must have an underlying theme which had something relevant to say about the times. Also to give women a fair crack of the whip.” (Julia Jones, 5 April 2005)
Don’t have nightmares. We decided to open our season – ‘Dramatic Spaces: The Imaginative World of the TV Studio’ – with The Exorcism (BBC2, 5 November 1972) for two reasons.
Today’s post considers the specific nature of performance in multi-camera studio television drama of the 1970s, through textual analysis and production context of Hunters Walk (ITV/ATV 1973-76), a now-forgotten ITV police series that was popular in its day.