Categories
1970s BBC BFI Billy Smart Dead of Night Directors Don Taylor Studio drama The Exorcism Uncategorized

Dramatic Spaces: The Imaginative World of the TV Studio (Dead of Night: The Exorcism, BBC 1972)

Don’t have nightmares. We decided to open our season – ‘Dramatic Spaces: The Imaginative World of the TV Studio’ – with The Exorcism (BBC2, 5 November 1972) for two reasons.

Categories
1970s Actors ATV Billy Smart Conference paper Directors Frances White Hunters Walk ITV Police drama Rape drama

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.

Categories
1970s BBC Billy Smart Directors Don Taylor Edwardian Drama Harley Granville Barker Play of the Month Waste

Two Edwardian dramas 2: ‘Play of the Month: Waste’ (BBC1, 4 December 1977)

Don Taylor‘s production of Harley Granville Barker’s 1907[1] play Waste approaches space and performance through different directorial techniques to Rudolph Cartier, further demonstrating the variety of visual methods which ‘Edwardian’ dramas could be realized in the television studio.

Categories
1970s 1980s BBC Archive BBC North East BFI National Archive Directors Dramatised Documentaries Regional Drama

Drama-Documentaries from BBC North East (1971-86)

BBC North East & Cumbria is not known for its drama productions, yet between 1971 and 1986 at least eleven dramatised documentaries were produced by this regional BBC production centre, two of them in three parts, making 15 half-hour programmes altogether.

Categories
1970s Alan Garner BBC BFI Billy Smart Directors DVD reviews Play For Today Red Shift Writers

Play for Today: Red Shift (BBC1, 17 January 1978)

This BFI release of the 1978 Play for Today, Red Shift, joins 2013’s DVD of John Bowen’s Robin Redbreast (from the same series) as an unlikely beneficiary of commercial interest in cult TV titles.

Categories
1960s 1970s BBC BBC 2 BFI Billy Smart Directors DVD reviews Out of the Unknown Rudolph Cartier

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.

Categories
1960s BBC BBC 2 Directors Experimental drama John McGrath

Restoring Ragnarok

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

Categories
1960s 1970s 1980s BBC BBC Scotland BBC Store BFI Mediatheque Billy Smart Directors Forgotten Television Drama Play For Today The Wednesday Play Writers

The Wednesday Play (BBC1 1964-70) and Play for Today (BBC1 1970-84): canon formation and commercial availability

This article was first published as a blog post on the Critical Studies in Television site on 12 December 2014. I’ve re-posted it here in the light of the launch of the BBC Store last week, and added a postscript listing the  Wednesday Play and Play For Today titles that have been added to the […]

Categories
1950s BBC Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Directors Forgotten Television Drama Michael Barry

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)

Categories
1960s 1970s Armchair Theatre BBC Belfast Film Festival Directors Dominic Behan ITV John Hill Northern Ireland Play For Today Thames Television Writers

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.