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Doctor Who and the Communist : the work and politics of Malcolm Hulke

By Michael Herbert ‘In writing you’re always looking for conflict…’ Malcolm Hulke ‘To my mind the basic problem is that writers are by their nature back-room-minded introverts and yet, in the publicity jungle, they find themselves pitted against an army of highly extroverted actors and actresses.  I don’t blame promotion people at all for taking the […]

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‘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 […]

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Forgotten Television Drama in Belfast

On Friday 3 November 2017, as a prelude to the Missing Believed Wiped Northern Ireland event at QFT the following day, the Belfast Film Festival – in association with the ‘Forgotten Television Drama’ project at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the television heritage organisation Kaleidoscope – will be screening two television dramas previously unseen […]

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Forgotten TV dramas returns to Belfast Film Festival

Beanbag Cinema/Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast 2 – 8 April 2017 Following the success of previous screenings at the 2015 festival, Professor John Hill has curated a second series of screenings for the Belfast Film Festival 2017. The programme is outlined below. Sunday 2 April, 12pm The Eagle Has Landed (Granada 1973. Written by David Edgar, Directed by Colin […]

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Philip Saville (1930-2016)

Philip Saville’s remarkable career as an actor, director, writer and producer in film and television spanned 60 years, his first credits as an actor dating from 1948, while his last credit as a director was 2009. He made his first appearances on stage and screen while studying at RADA and University College London, after which […]

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Pat Hooker: Writing for television in the 1970s

Forgotten screenwriter, Pat Hooker, had a number of scripts produced for British television in the 1970s, mainly in a range of popular series.

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Forgotten Dramas season at Belfast Film Festival: Dominic Behan

As part of the History of Forgotten Television Drama project, John Hill has curated a mini-season of plays by Dominic Behan for the Belfast Film Festival.

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Armchair Theatre: The Golden Road (ITV/ Thames, 30 October 1973)

Even when you work as an assiduous researcher of television drama history, it’s rare that you make a genuinely major discovery, but watching Patricia Hooker’s 1973 Armchair Theatre play, ‘The Golden Road’ (to be screened at BFI Southbank on February 23 as part of our ‘TV’s Forgotten Dramas’ season), I had the tremendously exciting sensation […]

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‘Forgotten Dramas: Rediscovering British Television’s Neglected Plays’ Season at BFI Southbank: February 2015

We are pleased to be able to announce details of the ‘Forgotten Dramas: Rediscovering British Television’s Neglected Plays’ season, held at BFI Southbank this February, curated by Lez Cooke and Billy Smart as a part of the AHRC-funded ‘History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK’ project at Royal Holloway College, University of London.