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billysmart has written 47 posts for Forgotten Television Drama

‘Love Story: Home for the Holidays’ and ten other recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

Not every archive rediscovery is a dramatic recovery from an outside source such as a film collector selling a print on, or an original programme maker mentioning that they made an off-air recording of one of their shows. Many, perhaps the majority, of recovered programmes never actually left the archives, but have existed as mislabelled … Continue reading

‘Drama She Wrote’ season at BFI Southbank, September-October 2018

We are pleased to be able to announce details of the ‘Drama She Wrote’ season, held at BFI Southbank this September and October, curated by Dick Fiddy and Billy Smart. The season presents a range of neglected TV dramas by women writers from the ’50s to the ’70s. The full line-up is: Drama She Wrote: … Continue reading

‘Armchair Theatre: The Invasion’ (ABC/ ITV, 1963): An introduction by Angus Wilson

One of the four plays included on Armchair Theatre Archive: Volume Two, (one of the titles in our ‘Forgotten TV Drama’ DVD range) is The Invasion (31 March 1963) written by Angus Wilson and directed by Charles Jarrott. Since I wrote the Viewing Notes for the play last year, a few more details have come … Continue reading

Directed by Douglas Camfield: Z Cars 1967-69 (BBC1)

  A new biography written by Michael Seely, Directed by Douglas Camfield, is published this week by Miwk Books. Camfield (1931-84) was one of British television’s great directors, but the combined factors of his early death and the unavailability of many of his productions have left both the man and his works being only partially … Continue reading

‘The Frighteners: The Manipulators’ (LWT 1972): A contemporary review

The Frighteners, the first title in our new ‘Forgotten TV Dramas’ DVD range (in association with Network Distributing) went on sale today. Little seen (even at the time!), not much was ever written about the series, but while researching the Viewing Notes I did come across this perceptive review of Mike Hodges’ episode The Manipulators … Continue reading

‘Sunday Night Theatre: The Hotel in Amsterdam’ (ITV/ ATV 1971): In conversation with Anthony Page and Nicholas Wright at BFI Southbank.

The second ‘Television’s Forgotten Dramas’ season at BFI Southbank was launched on 2 February 2017 with a screening of John Osborne’s The Hotel in Amsterdam, followed by a discussion about the play, John Osborne, and forgotten television drama more generally, with Anthony Page (the play’s original director, of both stage and TV versions) and playwright … Continue reading

Evan Jones, Christopher Ralling and ‘The Fight Against Slavery’ (BBC2 1975)

Guest post by Martin Stollery Evan Jones, author of the BBC series The Fight Against Slavery (1975) was one of the first writers of Jamaican descent to make a career in BBC television, in addition to establishing himself as a film scriptwriter, most notably for director Joseph Losey. Jones’ first televised script was The Widows … Continue reading

‘Forgotten TV Drama’ DVD range launched in association with Network Distributing Ltd.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new range of ‘Forgotten TV Drama’ DVD titles drawn from the ITV Archive. The range will be curated by the ‘History of Forgotten Drama in the UK’ team at Royal Holloway and released by Network Distributing Ltd. The first title will be The Frighteners, London Weekend Television’s … Continue reading

The BBC Television Audience Research Reports and BBC Scotland Drama, 1964-82: Recorded Opinions and Invisible Expectations

Between the 1950s and the 1980s, the BBC’s internal Audience Research Unit compiled up to 700 television Audience Research reports per year, attempting to cover the complete spectrum of BBC TV programming. What I’m going to do today is consider the value of this material, in relation to my own work on the development of … Continue reading

‘Forgotten Television Dramas 2’ at BFI Southbank: ‘Play of the Month: Loyalties’ (BBC 1976)

Our second ‘Forgotten Television Dramas’ season concludes at 3.15 on Sunday afternoon with a screening of John Galsworthy’s ‘Loyalties’, unseen since 1976. The screening will be introduced by actor Edward Fox. Along with his many film and theatre credits over the last fifty years, two of Edward’s television appearances made soon after Loyalties demonstrate his … Continue reading

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