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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 […]

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‘Drama She Wrote’ at BFI Southbank: ‘Oranges & Lemons: Brenda’ (LWT/ ITV 1973) and ‘Rooms: Susan’ (Thames/ ITV 1975)

Our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season of neglected TV plays by women writers continues at BFI Southbank at 3.20 on Saturday 6 October with two 1970s ITV dramas about fathers and daughters (featuring a host of familiar TV faces including June Brown, Leslie Dwyer, Cheryl Hall, Nigel Havers, Jane Wymark and Pauline Yates). Rooms (Thames/ ITV […]

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‘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 […]

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‘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 […]

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‘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 […]

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‘Drama She Wrote’ at BFI Southbank: ‘Seven Faces of Woman: Choice’ (LWT/ ITV 1974)

Our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season of neglected television plays by women writers is launched at BFI Southbank at 6.20 on Friday 7 September with a screening of Andrea Newman’s 1974 play Choice. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Gail Renard (Chair of the Writers’ Guild Of Great Britain), featuring Andrea […]

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‘Love Story: Home for the Holidays’ and ten other recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

Not every archive rediscovery is a dramatic recovery from an outside source such as a film collector selling a print on, or an original programme maker mentioning that they made an off-air recording of one of their shows. Many, perhaps the majority, of recovered programmes never actually left the archives, but have existed as mislabelled […]

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‘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: […]