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Glance, gesture and inference in Hunters Walk (ITV/ATV 1973-76): Acting for multi-camera popular drama in the 1970s

Today’s post considers the specific nature of performance in multi-camera studio television drama of the 1970s, through textual analysis and production context of Hunters Walk (ITV/ATV 1973-76), a now-forgotten ITV police series that was popular in its day.

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.

Tom Grattan’s War (Yorkshire Television/ ITV 1968-70)

This paper looks at a British children’s television drama serial of the late 1960s, Tom Grattan’s War, and tries to establish its significance by asking a simple question: Who was this series made for?

“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)

Two television reconfigurations of John Osborne: The Hotel in Amsterdam (ATV/ITV, 1971 and BBC4, 2004)

This post suggests how changing approaches to making television drama have emphasised different aspects of John Osborne’s dramaturgy, and the particular strengths of multi-camera, ‘as live’ studio production in establishing and evoking a play’s inner meaning.

Sutherland’s Law (BBC Scotland 1973-76): Presenting Scottish landscape to a UK audience

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.

Edwardian values, 1970s Television: John Galsworthy on BBC1

This post examines Edwardian drama for television through looking at three versions of plays by John Galsworthy made by the BBC in the 1970s.

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