The age of location realism
in The changing spaces of television acting
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This chapter presents the case studies, Doctor Who and Survivors, which are useful in several respects. Both are representative of the production practices of modern BBC drama in that they are made primarily using a single camera location model, allowing comparisons to be made between location realism in the 2000s and its 1970s forbear. With its large regular cast, Survivors is representative of the ensemble drama that now forms the basis of much prime-time drama scheduling, while Doctor Who features a greater reliance on CGI, providing an opportunity to examine the challenges to the actor of working on visual effects-driven productions. Actor experience will then be examined, alongside generational differences - which, will have significant implications for acting style - before concluding, as always, with reception. Modern television drama production has seen a significant shift in the degree of control that both actor and director exert over screen performance.

The changing spaces of television acting

From studio realism to location realism in BBC television drama

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