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The Changing Spaces of Television ActingFrom Studio Realism to Location Realism in BBC Television Drama$
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Richard Hewett

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992989

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992989.001.0001

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The age of location realism

The age of location realism

(p.165) 4 The age of location realism
The Changing Spaces of Television Acting

Richard Hewett

Manchester University Press

The huge shift that has taken place in British television drama production in the 2000s, away from multi-camera studio and towards single camera location (and occasional soundstage) work, has been mirrored in performance style. Television now having supplanted theatre as the medium in which actors are now most likely to gain their first professional experience, serial television has replaced repertory as the actor’s training ground, and drama schools are also specifically training young actors for screen work for the first time. As a result, the style of performance employed for television has moved further than ever before away from the projection of stage work, the prior rehearsal period of the multi-camera studio having all but disappeared, and post-production has come to play a far more prominent role. As a result, many perceive generational differences between in the performances of actors trained in different eras, Survivors and in particular Doctor Who featuring an intriguing mix of approaches to television acting.

Keywords:   2000s, production process, single camera, location, post-production, actor experience, generational differences, drama school, television drama

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