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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 return of studio realism?

The return of studio realism?

(p.223) 5 The return of studio realism?
The Changing Spaces of Television Acting

Richard Hewett

Manchester University Press

While location realism would seem to predominate in the 2010s, live drama continues to be popular in the form of ‘one-off’ specials and ‘event’ television. Special anniversary episodes of soap operas EastEnders (BBC, 1985- ) and Coronation Street (ITV, 1960- ) in 2015, plus the 2005 re-mount of The Quatermass Experiment and the combination of theatre and live musical forms that comprised Frankenstein’s Wedding (BBC, 2011), suggest a continuing fascination on the part of both producers and audiences with the practices of live studio realism. In this closing chapter, modern-day practitioners discuss the possibility of multi-camera studio drama once again finding a place in the British television landscape outside of soap and sitcom, and what form the ideal template, balancing rehearsal and performance, might take in the future.

Keywords:   2010s, live drama, multi-camera, soap opera, television studio, studio realism, location realism

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