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‘Drama She Wrote’ at BFI Southbank: ‘Play for Today: The Other Woman’ (BBC 1976) & ‘Second City Firsts: Shall I See You Now’ (BBC 1978)

Our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season at BFI Southbank concludes on Monday with an 8.40 screening of two 1970s plays from BBC Birmingham. The BBC Birmingham connection has been an unexpected occurence as, despite being catalogued, our billed second play (Jill Laurimore’s 1973 ATV drama Family Tree) turned out not to survive in the ITV archive! The … Continue reading

‘Drama She Wrote’ at BFI Southbank: Three marriage plays – ‘The Tamer Tamed’ (BBC 1956), ‘Play For Today: Still Waters’ (BBC 1972) and ‘Centre Play: A Kind of Marriage’ (BBC 1976)

Tonight’s screening in our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season at BFI Southbank (at 6.10) is a value-for-money triple bill of plays about marriage. As well as spanning 20 years of BBC drama production, when watched in sequence the three plays show a developing dialectic about the purpose and value of marriage; Elaine Morgan’s The Tamer Tamed … Continue reading

‘Drama She Wrote’ – Women dramatists in British television drama in 1974.

I was kindly invited onto the panel that followed the first screening in our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season at BFI Southbank (Seven Faces of Woman: Choice ITV/LWT 1974). The panel also featured Gail Renard (Chair of the Writers’ Guild Of Great Britain), Andrea Newman (the author of Choice, Bouquet of Barbed Wire ITV/LWT 1976 and A … Continue reading

‘Drama She Wrote’ at BFI Southbank: ‘Playhouse: Splinter of Ice’ (Granada/ ITV 1972) + ‘Then and Now: Over’ (BBC 1973)

Our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season of neglected television plays by women writers at BFI Southbank continues at 6.20 on Wednesday 11 September with a double bill of plays by two famous novelists, memoirists, dramatists and playwrights, both of whom have been public figures in British culural life for over fifty years – Fay Weldon and … Continue reading

‘Drama She Wrote’ season at BFI Southbank, September-October 2018

We are pleased to be able to announce details of the ‘Drama She Wrote’ season, held at BFI Southbank this September and October, curated by Dick Fiddy and Billy Smart. The season presents a range of neglected TV dramas by women writers from the ’50s to the ’70s. The full line-up is: Drama She Wrote: … Continue reading

Directed by Douglas Camfield: Z Cars 1967-69 (BBC1)

  A new biography written by Michael Seely, Directed by Douglas Camfield, is published this week by Miwk Books. Camfield (1931-84) was one of British television’s great directors, but the combined factors of his early death and the unavailability of many of his productions have left both the man and his works being only partially … Continue reading

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 Television Dramas 2’ at BFI Southbank: ‘Play of the Month: Loyalties’ (BBC 1976)

Our second ‘Forgotten Television Dramas’ season concludes at 3.15 on Sunday afternoon with a screening of John Galsworthy’s ‘Loyalties’, unseen since 1976. The screening will be introduced by actor Edward Fox. Along with his many film and theatre credits over the last fifty years, two of Edward’s television appearances made soon after Loyalties demonstrate his … Continue reading

‘Forgotten Dramas 2’ at BFI Southbank: ‘The Passionate Pilgrim’ (1953)

Our second ‘Forgotten Television Dramas’ season continues at 8.40 pm on Wednesday 8 February with a screening of one of the earliest surviving British television dramas, The Passionate Pilgrim from 1953. Only two earlier plays survive before The Passionate Pilgrim which was broadcast live in the same week as the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and has … Continue reading

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