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This Week: Volume 1

Synopsis
THIS WEEK was the first weekly current-affairs programme aired on commercial television in the UK. Beginning in 1956 as a light, magazine-style show punctuated by more serious items, by the mid-1960s it encompassed a range of groundbreaking single investigations; a highly successful format that continued into the early 1990s. Celebrated presenters and reporters included Jonathan Dimbleby, Ludovic Kennedy, Desmond Wilcox, Jeremy Thorpe and Daniel Farson.

Like its Granada counterpart WORLD IN ACTION, remained committed to bringing high-quality journalism to a wide viewing public. These half-hour documentaries, ranging in subject from major overseas conflicts to domestic issues like abortion, sexuality, racism, homelessness and the Troubles in Northern Ireland, were provocative and on occasion highly controversial, highlighting both the strengths and the risks of its brand of uncompromising television journalism.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2014
Subjects
Media studies
Keywords
politics; television documentary films; current affairs broadcasting; investigative journalism

Credits

Contributor
Daniel Farson; Desmond Wilcox; Jeremy Thorpe; Jonathan Dimbleby; Ludovic Kennedy

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£9.60
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
400 minutes
Year
2014

Production Company

Name

Thames Television

Notes
See: GL Education (www.gl-education.com/)

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.

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