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British Television Drama in the 1980s - George W. Brandt

British Television Drama in the 1980s

By: George W. Brandt (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th December 1993
ISBN: 9780521427234
Number Of Pages: 304

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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 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.

Industry Reviews

"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

List of Illustrations
Notes on the Contributors
Talking Heads: A Bed Among the Lentils
Brookside: Damon's YTS Comes to an End
Yes, Prime Minister: The Ministerial Broadcast
Inspector Morse: The Last Enemy
Edge of Darkness
Boys from the Blackstuff
Tumbledown and The Falklands Play
Four Days in July
Tutti Frutti
The Jewel in the Crown
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
The Singing Detective
Programmes on Videotape
The Independent Broadcasting Authority Independent Television Commission Research Papers
Select Bibliography.
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ISBN: 9780521427234
ISBN-10: 0521427231
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 20th December 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.48