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The genesis of location realism
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This chapter compares scenes from the opening studio episode, 'The Fourth Horseman', and 'Law and Order', the ninth episode of the series and the third to be recorded entirely using Outside Broadcast (OB). The fact that these episodes shared the same director, Pennant Roberts, and many of the same cast provides two stable factors when examining the implications for studio realism of the move to location. Location filming meant that characterisations created in the earliest part of the production process, before a significant period of preparation and discussion could take place, would have to be adhered to later in the studio for the sake of continuity. Working on OB clearly necessitated a new approach on the part of directors, and by this time the training offered by the BBC was beginning to address the need for both multiple and single camera technique.

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The changing spaces of television acting

From studio realism to location realism in BBC television drama


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