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Forgotten Black TV Drama at BFI Southbank: The Hope and the Glory (1984) + Nice (1984)

The Forgotten Black TV Drama season at BFI Southbank ended on Monday 25 February with a double bill of plays from 1984. The Hope and the Glory (BBC2, 25 April 1984) was the first of two television plays by Caryl Phillips to be broadcast in 1984 (the other was The Record, Channel 4, 7 July […]

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‘Forgotten Black TV Drama’ season at BFI Southbank (February 2019)

We are pleased to announce a new season of Forgotten TV Drama at BFI Southbank in February 2019. Curated by Stephen Bourne and Lez Cooke ‘Forgotten Black TV Drama’ presents a selection of ground-breaking black British television dramas from 1961-1985, many of them not seen since they were first broadcast. The season showcases the work […]

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About the Project

This is the official blog of the ‘History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK’ project, Royal Holloway, University of London. This 4-year AHRC-funded project has explored 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 canon […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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)

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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.

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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 […]

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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.