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Beckett on ScreenThe Television Plays$
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Jonathan Bignell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719064203

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719064203.001.0001

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Broadcasting contexts

Broadcasting contexts

(p.52) 2 Broadcasting contexts
Beckett on Screen

Jonathan Bignell

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the broadcasting contexts where Beckett's television plays were made and shown. It examines some archival sources, which places the scheduling and promotional contexts of the plays in comparison with and in contrast to other television drama forms. It shows that Beckett's dramas for British television were screened in arts programming slots on BBC2, instead of the customary scheduling positions and drama series of the time. It also mentions BBC radio, which was committed to broadcasting original experimental drama in the Third Programme (now known as Radio 3), including Beckett's radio plays. This chapter also shows that his plays work both with and against television cultures, and draw attention to their distinctiveness.

Keywords:   broadcasting contexts, television plays, archival sources, promotional contexts, television drama forms, arts programming slots, BBC radio, Third Programme, radio plays, television cultures

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