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Lez Cooke

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719067020

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719067020.001.0001

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Experiments in television drama

Experiments in television drama

(p.56) 3 Experiments in television drama
Troy Kennedy Martin

Troy Kennedy Martin

Manchester University Press

This chapter provides description of various television dramas. Troy Kennedy Martin's famous polemic, ‘Nats Go Home’, subtitled ‘First Statement of a New Drama for Television’, was published in the theatre magazine Encore in March 1964. Its opening paragraph set the tone for an article which was to stir up a hornet's nest in television drama circles at the time and which has become one of the most cited articles in the history of television studies. ‘Nats Go Home’ was the product of debates, which had been going on in the Drama Department at the BBC for some time, involving the new generation of scriptwriter/adapters recruited in 1959–61. This chapter states that several months before Storyboard and before MacTaggart's arrival, Kennedy Martin had already demonstrated an interest in experimenting with the form of television drama in a short script written as an exercise for a BBC training course. The course was one in which all new staff in the Drama Department were required to complete and it was designed to teach the basics of television production.

Keywords:   television dramas, Nats Go Home, theatre magazine, Drama Department, BBC training course

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