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Docudramas require pre-production research and this is a key marker of difference between docudrama and other kinds of drama. The facts portrayed in television docudrama are subject to pre-production checks, with the script drafts constantly referring to lawyers to ensure that films are legally defensible at the level of fact. This chapter focuses on the dramatic performance itself, in terms of the realisation of the docudrama in front of the camera-eye and microphone-ear, and in terms of what actors do when they act. It provides the comparisons between the television studio and the theatre space, between the activities taking place within each, and between the relative juxtapositions in the two spaces of performers, crews, and audience. The theatrical process depends upon a specific occasion when audience and actors meet in the same time and space.

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Docudrama on film and television

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