Single plays and a conclusion
in Jimmy McGovern
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This chapter deals with the small number of single plays for television written by McGovern: Traitors, Needle, Gas and Candles and Go Now. Although space did not permit full discussion of McGovern’s work for feature film brief mention is also made of his work in that area including Priest.

Whilst in themselves the works discussed here are of only minor significance in the whole range of McGovern’s output, their inclusion also enables examination of what is often seen as the dying days of the single drama on British television. That McGovern was able to at least cut his teeth in a form that once was the lifeblood of young writers breaking into television is something that is used as a means to examine the evolution of British television drama commissioning itself.

The chapter also includes a brief conclusion to the work which, above all, argues for the real significance of McGovern to the recent history of British television drama and also reflects on the quite remarkable range of his output, both thematically and formally.


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