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1970s Barry Reckord BBC BBC 2 Black TV Writers Christopher Ralling Dramatised Documentaries Evan Jones Martin Stollery The Fight Against Slavery

Evan Jones, Christopher Ralling and ‘The Fight Against Slavery’ (BBC2 1975)

Guest post by Martin Stollery Evan Jones, author of the BBC series The Fight Against Slavery (1975) was one of the first writers of Jamaican descent to make a career in BBC television, in addition to establishing himself as a film scriptwriter, most notably for director Joseph Losey. Jones’ first televised script was The Widows […]

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1960s BBC Directors Dramatised Documentaries Forgotten Television Drama John Hill Ken Loach Ken Russell The Wednesday Play

Ken Russell, Ken Loach and ‘documentary’ as ‘forgotten TV drama’

By John Hill The directors Ken Loach and Ken Russell are usually considered to be operating at opposite ends of the aesthetic scale with Loach traditionally associated with documentary-realist sobriety and Russell identified with neo-romantic excess…

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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.

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1970s BBC Archive BBC East BFI National Archive Dramatised Documentaries Regional Drama

In a Country Churchyard (1975-78)

Of the BBC’s regional production centres BBC East is not known for its television drama productions.