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.
Forgotten screenwriter, Pat Hooker, had a number of scripts produced for British television in the 1970s, mainly in a range of popular series.
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?
“The more seriously I’ve taken writing for television the less success I’ve had.” (Howard Barker, 1981, in Brown, 2011: 26)
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.
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.
This post examines Edwardian drama for television through looking at three versions of plays by John Galsworthy made by the BBC in the 1970s.