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British Television Drama in the 1980s

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This is the first book to examine an outstanding decade of British television drama. The 1980s witnessed a series of changes and innovation in television, in which a fourth channel was established, studio production gave way largely to location filming, and programs reflected key political events. In this fascinating collection of twelve essays, the innovative programs of the period are analyzed and placed within their social and political contexts. The writers analyze programs as diverse as "Yes, Prime ...

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Overview

This is the first book to examine an outstanding decade of British television drama. The 1980s witnessed a series of changes and innovation in television, in which a fourth channel was established, studio production gave way largely to location filming, and programs reflected key political events. In this fascinating collection of twelve essays, the innovative programs of the period are analyzed and placed within their social and political contexts. The writers analyze programs as diverse as "Yes, Prime Minister," "The Jewel in the Crown," and "Inspector Morse" as well as politically controversial productions such as "Tumbledown," "Four Days in July," and "Edge of Darkness." The book contains photographs from each program, detailed chapter bibliographies, and production information.

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"By covering material ranging from established classics such as Edge of Darkness to an episode of Phil Redmond's first-rate 'soap' Brookside, this excellent and truly useful book provides a wide-ranging and incisive look at one of the key decades of television drama." David Puttnam (filmmaker who produced Chariots of Fire, Local Hero, Killing Fields.)

"It is good to have a book of essays...that recognizes the significance and vitality of television drama in contemporary British culture....Brandt's selection of subjects shows good judgment." Andrew Davies, Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521427234
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Notes on the Contributors; Foreword DAVID ROSE; Introduction George W. Brandt; 1. Talking Heads: A Bed Among the Lentils (Alan Bennett) Albert Hunt; 2. Brookside: Damon's YTS Comes to an End (Barry Woodward) Vera Gottleib; 3. Yes, Prime Minister: The Ministerial Broadcast John Adams; 4. Inspector Morse: The Last Enemy (Peter Buckman) Richard Sparks; 5. Edge of Darkness (Troy Kennedy Martin) Andrew Lavender; 6. Boys from the Blackstuff (Alan Bleasdale) Bob Millington; 7. Tumbledown (Charles Wood) and The Falklands Play (Ian Curteis) Geoffrey Reeves; 8. Four Days in July (Mike Leigh) Paul Clements; 9. Tutti Frutti (John Byrne) Hugh Herbert; 10. The Jewel in the Crown (Paul Scott-Ken Taylor) George W. Brandt; 11. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (Fay Weldon-Ted Whitehead) Liz Bird and Jo Eliot; 12. The Singing Detective (Dennis Potter) Joost Hunningher; Appendix 1. Programmes on Videotape; Appendix 2. The Independent Broadcasting Authority/Independent Television Commission Research Papers; Select Bibliography.

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