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The return of studio realism?
in The changing spaces of television acting
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The Corporation's first live drama in two decades, this production was a deliberate attempt to evoke the conditions of the earlier serial, and is useful here both for summarising the key determinants that have been seen to influence television acting, and to illustrate the alterations in performance style that can result when one or more of these factors is adjusted or removed. The 2005 version of The Quatermass Experiment is notable for returning to the rehearsal template that was a principal feature of studio realism, while employing sophisticated modern technology and a lead cast who had come to prominence predominantly in the era of location realism. Its live transmission from a Ministry of Defence testing base, whose buildings and grounds stood in for a variety of exteriors and interiors, represents neither the traditional, constructed sets of the studio nor the typical location shoot, in which repeated takes are the norm.

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The changing spaces of television acting

From studio realism to location realism in BBC television drama


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