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A sense of placeRegional British television drama, 1956-82$
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Lez Cooke

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086786

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086786.001.0001

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BBC English Regions Drama

BBC English Regions Drama

(p.110) 4 BBC English Regions Drama
A sense of place

Lez Cooke

Manchester University Press

Chapter 4 provides an extensive case study of BBC English Regions Drama, based at BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham, from its foundation in 1971 to the early 1980s. This chapter explores the model of regional drama production offered by this regional BBC department, under the influential leadership of David Rose, and the extent of its achievement, examining in detail the plays, series and serials produced over a ten year period, including the Second City Firsts series of half-hour dramas, plays by regional writers such as Peter Terson, Alan Plater, David Rudkin and Willy Russell, and series such as Philip Martin’s Gangsters, Michael Abbensetts’ Empire Road, and Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff.

Keywords:   BBC English Regions, Regional drama, BBC Pebble Mill, Regional writers

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