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Dave Rolinson

representation of individualism and institutions, revolt and the urge to obey, and of the conflation of individual and British identities. A third voice must be added to those of Rudkin and Clarke. Penda’s Fen exemplifies the contribution made to Play for Today and other single play strands such as Thirty Minute Theatre (1965–73) and its regional offshoot Second City Firsts (1973–78) by BBC English Regions (Drama) Television, based at BBC Birmingham under David Rose. If the single play represented a studio system, BBC Birmingham – with Rose exercising his relative autonomy

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Lez Cooke

, whereas a distinctive feature of Coronation COOKE PRINT.indd 51 05/07/2012 13:36 52 A Sense of Place Street’s regionality was the Lancashire accents of most of its characters, A Family at War was not noted for its Liverpudlian accents. Ironically it was the BBC, rather than Granada, that helped to promote the Liverpool accent with The Liver Birds (1969–79) and with the production, by BBC English Regions Drama, of work by Liverpool writers such as Alan Bleasdale, Willy Russell, Neville Smith and Ted Whitehead (see Chapter 4). In a section of Granada’s 1980 franchise

in A sense of place