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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

Michael Wearing (1939-2017)

Michael Wearing, who died on 5 May 2017, was one of the talented people David Rose brought into television in the 1970s. Following the recent deaths of Barry Hanson, also recruited by Rose, Philip Saville, with whom Wearing worked on Boys from the Blackstuff, Rose himself in January and Christopher Morahan in April, the last few months … 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

About the Project

This is the official blog of the ‘History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK’ project, Royal Holloway College, University of London. This 3-year AHRC-funded project will explore why many television dramas made in the regions and nations of the UK between 1946 and 1982 have been ‘forgotten’ while others have been elevated to the … Continue reading

Julia Jones and ‘Home and Away’ (Granada, 1972)

“I want to say first that whenever I wrote a play, comedy or otherwise, I felt I must have an underlying theme which had something relevant to say about the times. Also to give women a fair crack of the whip.” (Julia Jones, 5 April 2005)

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.

Second City Firsts

Our ‘TV’s Forgotten Dramas’ season at BFI Southbank opens on 3 February with a screening of two plays from the Second City Firsts series, Alan Bleasdale’s Early to Bed (1975) and Ian McEwan’s Jack Flea’s Birthday Celebration (1976), followed by a panel discussion with Alison Steadman, former Commisioning Editor of Drama at Channel 4 Peter … Continue reading

Sam (Granada, 1973-5)

In my book A Sense of Place: Regional British television drama, 1956-82, I argued that the 1980s saw a shift away from the production of regional television drama in Britain towards more expensive filmed dramas that were attractive to overseas markets.

Six (and Five More)

One of the early BBC2 series in which I have long been interested is called Six, a series of six short films shown in the channel’s first year, from December 1964 – January 1965, on Saturday evenings, mostly in a 10.10 pm slot.

Reflections on a Research Symposium (University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, 20-21 February 2014) by Lez Cooke

This event was organised as part of the three-year AHRC-funded research project, The History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK (Royal Holloway, University of London) in association with the Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster.

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