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, or as one-off productions broadcast in the Play of the Month slot.
Each individual ITV company in the 20th century faced a difficult balance in making programmes for three different potential audiences; regional, national and international.
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.
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 […]
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)
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.
This post examines Edwardian drama for television through looking at three versions of plays by John Galsworthy made by the BBC in the 1970s.