Play For Today: The Evolution of Television Drama

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - 267 pagine
Since it was published in 1975, Play for Today has become a leading introduction to writing and producing drama on television. Irene Shubik, in a unique survey of British television in its Golden Age, describes the role of the producer in the making of an original television play, from initial discussions with writers to broadcast. In tracing the rise of television drama in the context of her own career, she details the intellectual, financial and technical problems of productions, and includes a fascinating chapter on the effect of reactions from critics and viewers. In this new edition, Shubik adds a firsthand account of how the popular Rumpole of the Bailey series evolved and how she developed the critically and commercially successful The Jewel in the Crown.
 

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Scripts authors and script editing background
3
Background of drama at the BBC
17
learning to be a producer
25
How to become a producer by default
34
The birth of Wednesday Play
41
Producing Wednesday Play and Play for Today
64
The documentary approach
78
democracy versus autocracy?
87
Is there anybody out there watching? Audience and archives
159
Edna
165
Part
175
The history of Rumpole of the Bailey
177
setting up the series
186
A verbal agreement is not worth the paper it
195
how it all started
204
Staying On
214

The autocrats
96
Edna the Inebriate Woman
105
William Trevor the gentle gerontocrat
119
variety and budget
131
the innovators
146
Unexpected changes
223
The filming of Staying On
232
Homecoming
241
Epilogue
251
Copyright

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Irene Shubik is an award-winning drama producer for BBC and ITV.

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