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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts covered in the preceding chapters of the book. The book focuses beyond screen performances as historic curiosities. It examines instead the extent to which they represent the times and environments in which they were produced; any analysis that does not take these determinants into consideration risks failing to fully understand and appreciate the performances that result from them. The book offers a complete picture as possible of the determinants of British television acting, and covers distinct historical periods. It expresses that the varying backgrounds of The Quatermass Experiment's 1953 cast informs a notably diverse range of acting styles, from the emerging studio realism of Reginald Tate to the more gesturally inflected emoting of Van Boolen. The suggested models of studio and location realism represent an important step towards counter-acting a purely immanent reading of archive texts.

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The changing spaces of television acting

From studio realism to location realism in BBC television drama


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