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Londoners – Pity About the Abbey (1965)

“London itself takes the leading role in each of this new series of plays – a role which varies between hero and villain, enchantress and harpy, for she is a different city to every Londoner.

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The Logic Game + Shotgun

The Logic Game (BBC-2, 9 January 1965) and Shotgun (BBC-2, 11 July 1966) are showing in a double bill at BFI Southbank on Wednesday 18 February 2015 as part of ‘Forgotten Dramas: Rediscovering British Television’s Neglected Plays’.

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Anastasia (1953)

Our TV’s Forgotten Dramas season at BFI Southbank continues on Tuesday 10 February with a screening of Sunday Night Theatre: Anastasia introduced by Lez Cooke, who discusses the programme’s history and archival survival here.

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Second City Firsts

Our ‘TV’s Forgotten Dramas’ season at BFI Southbank opens on 3 February with a screening of two plays from the Second City Firsts series, Alan Bleasdale’s Early to Bed (1975) and Ian McEwan’s Jack Flea’s Birthday Celebration (1976), followed by a panel discussion with Alison Steadman, former Commisioning Editor of Drama at Channel 4 Peter […]

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Sam (Granada, 1973-5)

In my book A Sense of Place: Regional British television drama, 1956-82, I argued that the 1980s saw a shift away from the production of regional television drama in Britain towards more expensive filmed dramas that were attractive to overseas markets.

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Six (and Five More)

One of the early BBC2 series in which I have long been interested is called Six, a series of six short films shown in the channel’s first year, from December 1964 – January 1965, on Saturday evenings, mostly in a 10.10 pm slot.

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Reflections on a Research Symposium (University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, 20-21 February 2014) by Lez Cooke

This event was organised as part of the three-year AHRC-funded research project, The History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK (Royal Holloway, University of London) in association with the Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster.

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The Forgotten History of British TV Drama

by Lez Cooke In recent years, there has been a degree of return to empirically-based television history that seeks to ‘revise’ the conventional ways in which television’s past has been understood.