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Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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Television (drama) is here again

To celebrate the anniversary in early November of the start of the BBC Television Service, BFI Southbank is running a series of screenings under the title, ‘From Birth to Teens, TV’s Earliest Years’. Tonight’s fascinating show, ‘Georgian Television’ highlighted fragments broadcast between 1946 and 1949, with the main attraction being the seventy-minute documentary Television is Here Again. Produced primarily as a demonstration film to be screened repeatedly during the day for television retailers and repair men, this is a richly interesting self-portrait of the medium as it returned in the summer of 1946 from its wartime hiatus. And for those of us concerned with stage plays on television, it contains two priceless sequences. Continue reading

The Sunday Night Play: The Rivals (BBC, 1962)

Three years after BBC producer Hal Burton staged Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal, he mounted a production of the playwright’s other great comedy, The Rivals. First presented in 1775, when Sheridan was just twenty-four, it is a contrived tale of love, mistaken identity and the mangling of the English language. Continue reading

Play of the week: The School for Scandal (BBC, 1959)

I have begun an experiment to watch with readers of this blog a studio adaptation of a classic play, and specifically Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal. I propose to add to this blog entry across the week as I consider the ten parts of the 1959 BBC adaptation that are posted on YouTube. I hope that you might be persuaded to watch some or all of this with me — and to contribute your own thoughts and ideas in the comments below. Continue reading

More treasures from the Library of Congress

Only last week archivists at the Library of Congress identified one further British television drama of which no copy exists on this side of the Atlantic. Not all the details are known, but the play is Volpone and the recording dates from around 1960. So it seems highly likely that this is the 1959 BBC recording with the legendary Sir Donald Wolfit. Continue reading

Emitron camera at Alexandra Palace