The changing spaces of television acting

From studio realism to location realism in BBC television drama

by Richard Hewett

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This title is an historical overview and a then-and-now comparison of performing for British television drama. By examining changing acting styles from distinct eras of television production - studio realism and location realism - it makes a unique contribution to both television and performance studies, unpacking the various determinants that have combined to influence how performers work in the medium. Comparing the original versions of The Quatermass Experiment (BBC, 1953), Doctor Who (BBC, 1963-89) and Survivors (BBC, 1975-77) with their respective modern-day re-makes, the book unpacks the developments that have resulted from the shift from multi-camera studio to single camera location production. Textual analysis is combined with extensive archive research into production process and reception, alongside interviews with numerous actors and production personnel from more than sixty years of television production.
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Spanning the 1950s to the present day, The changing spaces of television acting is both a historical overview and a then-and-now comparison of performance in British television drama. By examining acting styles from distinct eras of television production - studio realism and location realism - the book makes a unique contribution to the fields of television and performance studies, going behind the scenes to unpack the various determinants that influence how performers work in the medium. The case studies are programmes that emerged in distinct eras of television production: The Quatermass Experiment (BBC, 1953), which was transmitted live; Doctor Who (BBC, 1963-89), pre-recorded 'as live'; and Survivors (BBC, 1975-77), which adopted an Outside Broadcast 'rehearse/record' model. These are compared with their respective modern-day re-makes to unpack the major developments that have taken place between the eras of studio realism and location realism, and the shift from multi-camera studio to single-camera location production. In order to establish the factors underpinning these changes, textual analysis is combined with extensive archive research into production process and reception, alongside interviews with numerous actors and production personnel from more than sixty years of television production. This fascinating account of acting for the small screen will be of interest to students of television history and screen performance, while its case studies offer particular appeal to cult television fans. Contributors include Mark Gatiss, Louise Jameson, Patrick Malahide, Kevin McNally, Waris Hussein, Graeme Harper and Tony Garnett.

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Spanning the 1950s to the present day, The changing spaces of television acting is both a historical overview and a then-and-now comparison of performance in British television drama. By examining acting styles from distinct eras of television production - studio realism and location realism - the book makes a unique contribution to the fields of television and performance studies, going behind the scenes to unpack the various determinants that influence how performers work in the medium. The case studies are programmes that emerged in distinct eras of television production: The Quatermass Experiment (BBC, 1953), which was transmitted live; Doctor Who (BBC, 1963-89), pre-recorded 'as live'; and Survivors (BBC, 1975-77), which adopted an Outside Broadcast 'rehearse/record' model. These are compared with their respective modern-day re-makes to unpack the major developments that have taken place between the eras of studio realism and location realism, and the shift from multi-camera studio to single-camera location production. In order to establish the factors underpinning these changes, textual analysis is combined with extensive archive research into production process and reception, alongside interviews with numerous actors and production personnel from more than sixty years of television production. This fascinating account of acting for the small screen will be of interest to students of television history and screen performance, while its case studies offer particular appeal to cult television fans. Contributors include Mark Gatiss, Louise Jameson, Patrick Malahide, Kevin McNally, Waris Hussein, Graeme Harper and Tony Garnett.

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: August 2017
  • English
  • 9781784992989 / 1784992984
  • United Kingdom
  • Primary Price: 110 USD
  • Manchester University Press
  • Readership: General/trade; College/higher education; Professional and scholarly
  • Publish State: Published
  • Dimensions: 216 X 138 mm
  • Reference Code: 3551