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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

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 Dramas 2’ at BFI Southbank: The Day of Ragnarok + Exit 19

   The Day of Ragnarok (BBC2, 2 January 1965) and Exit 19 (BBC2, 8 August 1966) are showing in a double bill as part of the Forgotten Dramas season at BFI Southbank on Wednesday 22 February at 6.20 pm. This is a rare opportunity to see two remarkable short films which have not been seen … Continue reading

‘Forgotten Dramas 2: Rediscovering British Television’s Neglected Plays’ Season at BFI Southbank: February 2017

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

Out of the Unknown (BBC2, 1965-71)

The science fiction single play anthology series Out of the Unknown (BBC2, 1965-71) has long been something of a holy grail DVD release for cult TV enthusiasts.

Restoring Ragnarok

The Day of Ragnarok was transmitted as part of the BBC 2 series, Six, on 2 January 1965.

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.

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’.

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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