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1960s Actors An Ideal Husband BBC Billy Smart Cedric Messina Edwardian Drama Oscar Wilde Play of the Month Rudolph Cartier

Two Edwardian dramas 1: ‘Play of the Month: An Ideal Husband’ (BBC1, 11 May 1969)

Edwardian drama on television Between 1967 and 1985 (the period when the BBC regularly transmitted adaptations of classic theatrical plays in mainstream slots) 120 television adaptations of stage plays were transmitted by the BBC as either Plays of the Month, other similar series,[1] or as one-off productions broadcast in the Play of the Month slot.

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Drama made by HTV Wales for the national ITV network, 1968-81

Each individual ITV company in the 20th century faced a difficult balance in making programmes for three different potential audiences; regional, national and international.

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Elizabeth MacLennan (1938-2015)

When the actor and writer Elizabeth MacLennan died on 23 June 2015 newspaper obituaries understandably focused on her work with the 7:84 Theatre Company, which she founded with her husband John McGrath and brother David MacLennan in 1971.

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Thursday Theatre: Johnson Over Jordan (BBC2, 4 February 1965)

The 1965 television adaptation of J. B. Priestley’s 1939 stage play Johnson over Jordan for the BBC2 anthology series of stage plays Thursday Theatre[i] (to be screened at BFI Southbank on February 15 as part of our ‘TV’s Forgotten Dramas’ season) raises interesting questions as to the suitability of experimental, non-naturalist, narrative forms for the […]

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From Television World Theatre to the BBC Shakespeare: The fluctuating status of the classic play on BBC Television 1957-1985

In a recent lecture, Huw Weldon, managing director of BBC television said: ‘We feel that, like the theatre at large, we should be wanting if we did not ceaselessly recreate the classics – Shakespeare, Sheridan, Shaw and so on.’ (Dunkley, Chris, ‘Review’, Radio Times, 27 March 1975, p.74)

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Sutherland’s Law (BBC Scotland 1973-76): Presenting Scottish landscape to a UK audience

This post presents a forgotten BBC Scotland drama series of the 1970s and explains its historical significance and distinctive form. I’ll discuss its treatment of landscape before finally considering how the programme represented tensions between rural and city Scotland.

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Edwardian values, 1970s Television: John Galsworthy on BBC1

This post examines Edwardian drama for television through looking at three versions of plays by John Galsworthy made by the BBC in the 1970s.