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.
"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