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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
Lucy Bland

2 Butterfly women, ‘Chinamen’, dope fiends and metropolitan allure The susceptible modern woman I n June 1919 the Illustrated Sunday Herald published an article entitled ‘Is the Modern Woman a Hussy?’ The writer claimed that the country was being subjected to ‘a virulent epidemic of Retrospective Morality … that exasperating form of moral criticism which compares the faults of the present with the morals of the past’. He quoted a recent assertion of Judge Darling’s as one example: ‘“between the women of today and their mothers there is the whole width of

in Modern women on trial
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Critical perspectives

This book aims to provide resources for critical thinking on key aspects of television drama in Britain since 1960, including institutional, textual, cultural and audience-centred modes of study. It explores the continuing popularity of the situation comedy, and makes a convincing case for considering sitcom as a key popular genre. By offering a sense of how 'real' audiences respond to, and engage with, actual programmes in specific social situations, dominant conceptions of the social meanings of Carla Lane's Butterflies and Jimmy Perry and David Croft's Dad's Army are challenged and renegotiated. The book takes up Queer As Folk to focus on its status as an authored intervention in debates about the representation of homosexuality. It demonstrates that The Prisoner series inhabits contradictions by unpacking the complex question of the series's authorship, and the inadequacy of attributing its meanings to its creator, star performer or production team, for example. The book argues that The Demon Headmaster makes a significant contribution to the project of exploring and defining questions of ethics and justice in social organisation, in part, by claiming children's culture as a space of experimentation, resistance and subversion. It looks at the ways in which television drama embodies assumptions about its audience, and pursues this in a sophisticated way in relation to late twentieth-century television adaptations of 'the female Gothic'. The struggle between the BBC power-base in London and its satellite Departments in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is also dealt with.

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Brian McFarlane and Deane Williams

crossed with amour fou in Butterfly Kiss , for instance). It may also be that intertextual references to European filmmakers such as Wim Wenders, Jean-Luc Godard and others, as well as to some US directors, will contribute to the understanding of genre in Winterbottom’s films. For, more than most British directors, Winterbottom seems as much a European filmmaker as a British – let alone English – one

in Michael Winterbottom
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Doing what you want to do
Brian McFarlane and Deane Williams

budgets for it to not be too high a risk. That’s especially true of In This World and The Road to Guantánamo , which were made from such low budgets that people made money from them. 1 As the preceding chapters have indicated, the reviews, since the days of Butterfly Kiss and Jude , have tended to praise Winterbottom and the Revolution

in Michael Winterbottom
Chris Pearson

ZNIEFF inventory the army had unintentionally overseen the creation of an ecological treasure trove. The inventory for the 13,700 ha ZNIEFF at Suippes Camp described how the militarized environment provided habitat for regionally rare and endangered plants, such as knapweed broomrape and grass vetchling. Its woodlands, meanwhile, constituted a ‘remarkable biological milieu’ that had largely given way to fields elsewhere in the region.35 The camp’s grasslands and woodlands played host to sixty-seven species of butterflies (including the nationally protected large blue

in Mobilizing nature
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Winterbottom and the English novel
Brian McFarlane and Deane Williams

comporting themselves before listed buildings. However they start out, they end up as Winterbottom films. Those who admired his first cinema feature, Butterfly Kiss or the subsequent telemovie Go Now , a wracking study in degenerative illness, would not have been likely to expect him next to turn his interests and talents to adapting Thomas Hardy’s late Victorian tragic novel, Jude the Obscure . Since then, of course, one has

in Michael Winterbottom
What a thought experiment about race-colour change makes us see
Margaret P. Battin

be wrong for you to use a dose of ‘Madame Butterfly’, at least until your position in this society is a bit more secure? After all, we are already familiar with hair colour changing strategies both for combating prejudice and for enhancing status: dyeing out the grey counteracts ageism, and blondes, it has long been claimed, have more fun. Is skin colour changing just the same sort of practice writ on a larger scale? Margaret P. Battin 173 Pursuing jobs or professions Jobs often come colour-coded, whether officially or not. While Pullman porters are no longer

in From reason to practice in bioethics
Sexual transgression in the age of the flapper
Author: Lucy Bland

This book looks at the highly publicised, sensational trials of several young female protagonists in the period 1918-1924. These cases, all presented by the press as morality tales involving drugs, murder, adultery, miscegenation and sexual perversion, are used as a prism through which to identify concerns about modern femininity. The book first examines a libel case, brought by a well-known female dancer against a maverick right-wing MP for the accusation of lesbianism. One aspect of this libel trial involved the drawing up of battle-lines in relation to the construction of a new, post-war womanhood. The book then looks at two inquests and three magistrate-court trials that involved women and drugs; young women in relationships with Chinese men were also effectively in the dock. One way of accessing court proceedings has been via the account of the trial published as part of the Notable British Trial Series. There are no extant trial transcripts. But there are prosecution depositions lodged at the National Archives, much press reportage, and a number of relevant memoirs, all giving a keen sense of the key issues raised by the trial. The book also focuses on an extraordinary divorce case, that of Christabel Russell, involving cross-dressing, claims of a virgin birth, extreme sexual ignorance, and a particular brand of eccentric modern femininity.