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Exercise Bowler by T. Atkinson (BBC, 1946)

Both my colleague Amanda Wrigley and I are deep in the stage of Screen Plays research that involves the repetitive entry of credits into our developing database. I have been working on plays transmitted just after the Second World War, in the months following the re-start of the BBC Television service in early June 1946. Inevitably, there is a host of productions of which I wish copies existed (there are no full-length recordings until 1953). One of the most intriguing is a drama called Exercise Bowler which was broadcast on 5 August in a television version produced by Jan Bussell. From the traces that survive in Radio Times and elsewhere in the press, it seems to have been interesting as a response to Britain re-adjusting to peacetime and also strikingly experimental in its use of the television studio. Continue reading

Emitron camera at Alexandra Palace