On the Boundary: Turning Points in TV Drama 1965-2000 (April 1998)

British TV book coverThis event was the culmination of the three-year funded research project The BBC Wednesday Play and Post-War British Drama (1996-2000), funded by the Humanities Research Board of the British Academy. The conference debated issues relating to the past, present and future of television drama in Britain. Issues covered included: turning points in the history of TV drama; TV drama now; writers, actors and directors; commissioning and production; television, cinema and theatre; critics and audiences; gender and politics; genre and form. Those attending the conference included playwrights, directors, producers, actors, television executives, professional critics, academic researchers and members of interested groups including politicians, journalists and students. As well as academic speakers, the conference speakers included many leading figures from the TV industry including Corinne Cartier, Andrew Davies, Nell Dunn, David Edgar, Trevor Griffiths, Barry Hanson, Ken Loach, Tony Marchant, John McGrath, Alan Plater, Jeremy Sandford, Prunella Scales, Irene Shubik, Roger Smith, David Snowdin, Shaun Sutton, Kenith Trodd, Michael Wearing, Fay Weldon and Timothy West. Many of the conference presentations were published in the book British Television Drama: Past, Present and Future (first edition)

For further information about papers given and conference outcomes contact Professor Jonathan Bignell.

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