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Middleton’s tragedies on television, 1965–2009
Susanne Greenhalgh

surviving pieces … unearthed, catalogued, authenticated, re-sequenced, and put together in a single magic box’ (G. Taylor 2007 : 58). The image might equally be applied to Middleton’s tragedies on television. Neil Taylor’s statistical overview of stage plays on BBC Television concludes that television has not served early modern drama well, with only seven playwrights’ work having

in Screen plays
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Lez Cooke

but I did think of myself as a novelist … I guess for the first two years I was involved in television, or even a little longer, I felt ‘I’m only doing this in a temporary kind of way and I’m really a real writer and these people who work in television aren’t as real as I am!’, so I had that rather cocky attitude. Kennedy Martin spent two years working on Beat on a Damask Drum but for his first television play, Incident at Echo Six (BBC, 9 December 1958), he drew directly from his National Service experience in Cyprus. The play is about an attack on a police station

in Troy Kennedy Martin
The comic art of housework
Julia Hallam

In the autumn of 2000 the original cast of Carla Lane’s Butterflies (BBC 1978–83), Wendy Craig (Ria Parkinson), Geoffrey Palmer (Ben Parkinson), Nicholas Lyndhust (Adam Parkinson) and Andrew Hall (Russell Parkinson), reassembled to celebrate Ria’s sixtieth birthday as part of the BBC’s annual charity appeal Comic Relief . Butterflies was a domestic situation comedy centred on the boredom and frustration of a ‘typical’ 1970s suburban housewife (white, middle-class and southern English) who teeters on the brink of having an affair but, overcome by guilt

in Popular television drama
Mapping post-alternative comedy
Leon Hunt

1980s, grew out of music hall and variety (1980: xvii). The second is what he calls the ‘NAAFI comedians’ (ibid.), which included Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock and others. The NAAFI comics signify an important shift in British comedy. According to Harry Secombe, they were ‘more educated . . . they brought a fresh approach to the whole thing’ (Wilmut 1985: 156). The Goon Show (BBC Home Service 1951–60) is frequently positioned as the progenitor of a tradition of surreal, cultish broadcast comedy that delighted a core audience while frequently mystifying

in Cult British TV comedy
Television adaptations by Peter Cheeseman’s Victoria Theatre company
Lez Cooke

adaptations as well as documentaries in collaboration with regional ITV companies and with the BBC between 1966 and 1974. With support from local authorities, as well as from government-funded bodies such as the Arts Council, there was a significant expansion in regional repertory theatre between 1958—when the Belgrade Theatre opened in Coventry—and 1979—when the Wolsey Theatre

in Screen plays
Framing television fame
Su Holmes

M1380 - HOLMES TEXT.qxp:Andy Q7 24/6/08 14:23 Page 153 5 From “Serialitis” to “Torture, Treacle, Tears and Trickery”: framing television fame The previous chapter explored the BBC’s “problem show”, Is This Your Problem? While the title of the show, as well as the address of its female hostess, appeared to be both direct and personalised (“Is this your problem?”), the majority of viewers who wrote to the programme would receive a standard response (“5,000 copies . . . in 5,000 plain envelopes”).1 This image resonates with one of the storylines in Ealing

in Entertaining television
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Looking to pastures new
Ben Lamb

-to-eight episodes. This concluding chapter analyses how Broadchurch (ITV, 2013–2017) and Happy Valley (BBC, 2014–) typify the genre’s latest direction in narrative and style. It specifically considers how the use of HD aerial cameras in both series ideologically navigates the growing socio-economic inequalities of their specific localities in relation to gendered identities deriving from austerity politics

in You’re nicked
“Soap Opera”, the BBC and (Re)visiting The Grove Family (1954–57)
Su Holmes

M1380 - HOLMES TEXT.qxp:Andy Q7 24/6/08 14:23 Page 38 2 “Neighbours to the Nation”: “Soap Opera”, the BBC and (Re)visiting The Grove Family (1954–57) The Grove Family (hereafter TGF) has secured a certain visibility in British television history by virtue of its status as British television’s “first soap opera”. Despite the fact that only two editions of TGF have survived in audiovisual form, its contours are often described with extraordinary certainty. For example, Andy Medhurst has explained how: The world the Groves live in is very safe, it’s very

in Entertaining television
Jeffrey Richards

radio studios in action can be found in the documentary film BBC – The Voice of Britain (1935), commissioned by the BBC from the GPO Film Unit and directed by Stuart Legg with significant input from others in the unit, notably John Grierson, Cavalcanti, Evelyn Spice and Harry Watt. It encapsulates in a succinct fifty-six minutes a day in the life of Broadcasting House, newly built and opened in 1932, monumental, solid and reassuring. With

in Cinema and radio in Britain and America, 1920–60
Horror audio in the digital age
Richard J. Hand

recording to digital experiments. Moreover, in entering the contemporary world we discover that certain boundaries become less meaningful: web-based audio and podcast facilities (even the ostensible ‘catch up’ functionality of the BBC iPlayer) have created a listenership that can listen ‘on-demand’ rather keep its ‘appointment’ with a programme. Likewise, although this book has been framed as a study of a

in Listen in terror