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Contents Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors Editors' Introduction 1. Contexts; Tony Garnett PART I: INSTITUTIONS AND TECHNOLOGIES Editors' Introduction to Part I 2. Sydney Newman and the 'Golden Age'; Shaun Sutton 3. Television Drama Series: a Producer's View; Irene Shubik 4. TV Drama: Then and Now; John McGrath 5. Writing Television Drama - Then and Now; Andrew Davies 6 Brookside : The Technology Backstory; Phil Redmond 7 Plot Inflation in Greater Weatherfield: Coronation Street in the 1990s; Billy Smart 8 Persuaded? The Impact of Changing Production Contexts on Three Adaptations of Persuasion ; Sarah Cardwell PART II: FORMATS AND GENRES Editors' Introduction to Part II 9. 'The Age of Innocence'; Alan Plater 10. Playing Shops, Shopping Plays: The Effect of the Internal Market on Television Drama; David Edgar 11. 'A Hero Mumsy': Parenting, Power, and Production Changes in The Sarah Jane Adventures ; Victoria Byard 12. Downton Abbey: Reinventing the British Costume Drama; James Chapman 13. What Do Actors Do When They Act? John Caughie CODA: Timothy West discusses 'Acting on Stage: Acting on Screen', followed by extracts from the discussion after his and John Caughie's presentations. PART III: REPRESENTATIONS 14. The 1970s: Regional Variations; Barry Hanson 15. 'What Truth is there in this Story?': The Dramatisation of Northern Ireland; Edward Braun 16. Moving Waterloo Road from Rochdale to Greenock: Exploring a Sense of Place in Drama Series; Cameron Roach 17. Too Secret for Words: Coded Dissent in Female-authored Wednesday Plays; Madeleine Macmurraugh-Kavanagh 18. 'Ah! Our very own Juliet Bravo, or is it Jill Gascoine?' Ashes to Ashes and Representations of Gender; Ben Lamb 19. Power Plays: Gender, Genre, and Lynda La Plante; Julia Hallam Editors' Conclusion Select Bibliography Index

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Jonathan Bignell, University of Reading, UK Edward Braun University of Bristol, UK Victoria Byard, University of Leicester, UK Sarah Cardwell, University of Kent, UK John Caughie, Glasgow University, UK James Chapman, University of Leicester, UK Andrew Davies, writer for television, UK David Edgar, University of Birmingham, UK Tony Garnett, film and television producer, UK Julia Hallam, University of Liverpool, UK Barry Hanson, television producer, UK Stephen Lacey, University of South Wales, UK Ben Lamb, University of South Wales, UK John McGrath, film and theatre producer, UK Madeleine Macmurraugh-Kavanagh (Davies), University of Reading, UK Alan Plater, writer for television, UK Phil Redmond, producer and screenwriter, UK Cameron Roach, Senior Commissioning Editor for Drama at BSkyB, UK Irene Shubik, television producer, UK Billy Smart, Royal Holloway University of London, UK Shaun Sutton, drama producer, UK Timothy West, stage, film and television actor, UK


"The book not only brings academics and TV professionals together in the debate about televised drama but also provides a probing, but not over-technical introduction to the field of British Television Drama." - Christian-Martin Czypull, University of Hannover, European Journal of English Studies

"Overall this collection remains valuable reading for anyone interested in the academic and commercial analysis of television drama, with valuable new perspectives offered by the newly commissioned chapters." - Mark Fryers, University of East Anglia

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