A ‘new drama for television’?
Diary of a Young Man
in Experimental British television
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Diary of a Young Man was a six-part series broadcast on BBC in August and September 1964. Written by Troy Kennedy Martin and John McGrath, produced by James MacTaggart and directed by Ken Loach and Peter Duguid, it also represented a significant coming together of personnel within the BBC with an interest in changing the direction of television drama. This chapter begins with an overview of the context from which the manifesto, and the accompanying series, emerged. It considers the ideas within the manifesto and analyses how these were exemplified in the series itself. The chapter concludes with an assessment of some of the issues and questions to which the manifesto and series give rise. One aspect of Kennedy Martin's analysis of the 'objectivity' of the television camera, and its 'unblinking' gaze, was what he identified as the 'non-selectivity' of the television image.

Editor: Laura Mulvey

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