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1960s Alan Cooke BBC Billy Smart Cedric Messina John Osborne Luther Play of the Month Writers

John Osborne: Play of the Month: Luther (BBC1, 19 October 1965)

Luther was the first programme to be shown in the BBC’s Play of the Month series, and was both a highly prestigious and atypical production for its time.

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The Passionate Pilgrim (1953)

“I believe that I am right in saying that the first complete recording of a play that may be regarded as a waymark of drama in the fifties, was that of Rudolph Cartier’s production of 1984.” (Michael Barry, From the Palace to the Grove, Royal Television Society, 1992, p.84)

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Angels: Series 2 (BBC1 1976) – Viewing Notes

The second series of the pioneering BBC1 student nurse series Angels (April 6 – June 29 1976) is available on DVD from Simply Media. I wrote up some viewing notes while I was watching it, concentrating on directorial style and the preoccupations of individual scriptwriters.

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“Half-hour studies in resentment”: Howard Barker as television playwright, 1972-4

“The more seriously I’ve taken writing for television the less success I’ve had.” (Howard Barker, 1981, in Brown, 2011: 26)

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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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‘Women in TV: The Legacy of Verity Lambert’ at BFI Southbank, April 2015

April’s TV season at BFI Southbank celebrates the work of producer Verity Lambert, concentrating on some of the more forgotten and neglected titles from her remarkable career at the forefront of British television drama.

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Play of the Month: The Common (BBC1, 21 October 1973)

Peter Nichols 1973 play ‘The Common’ (which concludes our ‘TV’s Forgotten Dramas’ season at BFI Southbank on February 26), presents a drama of intricate balances and elegant ironies, realised through the story of two contrasting couples living either side of a common in a London suburb.

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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’.

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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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Anastasia (1953)

Our TV’s Forgotten Dramas season at BFI Southbank continues on Tuesday 10 February with a screening of Sunday Night Theatre: Anastasia introduced by Lez Cooke, who discusses the programme’s history and archival survival here.