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Q&A with Roy Battersby: Directing ‘Home and Away’ (ITV/ Granada 1972)

    What follows is a transcript of a Q&A session with director Roy Battersby, following a screening of two episodes of Home and Away (Granada, 1972) at HOME, Manchester on Monday 27 March 2017, shown as part of a short season of Forgotten TV Drama. Home and Away is a 7-part serial written by Julia … Continue reading

‘The Frighteners: The Manipulators’ (LWT 1972): A contemporary review

The Frighteners, the first title in our new ‘Forgotten TV Dramas’ DVD range (in association with Network Distributing) went on sale today. Little seen (even at the time!), not much was ever written about the series, but while researching the Viewing Notes I did come across this perceptive review of Mike Hodges’ episode The Manipulators … Continue reading

‘Forgotten TV Drama’ DVD range launched in association with Network Distributing Ltd.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new range of ‘Forgotten TV Drama’ DVD titles drawn from the ITV Archive. The range will be curated by the ‘History of Forgotten Drama in the UK’ team at Royal Holloway and released by Network Distributing Ltd. The first title will be The Frighteners, London Weekend Television’s … Continue reading

‘Forgotten Dramas 2: Rediscovering British Television’s Neglected Plays’ Season at BFI Southbank: February 2017

We are pleased to be able to announce details of the second ‘Forgotten Dramas: Rediscovering British Television’s Neglected Plays’ season, held at BFI Southbank this February, curated by Lez Cooke, John Hill and Billy Smart as a part of the AHRC-funded ‘History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK’ project at Royal Holloway College, University … Continue reading

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.

Drama made by HTV Wales for the national ITV network, 1968-81

Each individual ITV company in the 20th century faced a difficult balance in making programmes for three different potential audiences; regional, national and international.

Elizabeth MacLennan (1938-2015)

When the actor and writer Elizabeth MacLennan died on 23 June 2015 newspaper obituaries understandably focused on her work with the 7:84 Theatre Company, which she founded with her husband John McGrath and brother David MacLennan in 1971.

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?

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.

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