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Rotters’ Club, The

Synopsis
Television adaptation, in three episodes, of Jonathan Coe’s novel. Tells the story of a group of Birmingham teenagers and their families in the 1970s, a time of class conflict, racial tension and industrial strikes. In one episode a pupil introduces the question of Shakespeare’s sexuality in abusive terms. The teacher admonishes him by assigning an essay topic on the theme of ‘great writing has no gender’. In a later episode the one black pupil in the class (Richards) is shown playing Othello in a school production.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
26 Jan 2005 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
Tony Smith
Producer
Chrissy Skinns
Writer
Dick Clement; Ian La Frenais; Jonathan Coe
Cast
Peter BankoléRichards (Othello)
Bill AndertonHugo Speer
Geoff BretonBen Trotter
Julian Rhind-TuttNigel Plumb
Kevin DoyleColin Trotter
Mark WilliamsSam Chase
Rebecca FrontSheila Trotter
Sarah LancashireBarbara Chase

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
gender issues; schoolchildren; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); School productions

Notes

History
Part 1 tx 26 January 2005.
Part 2 tx 2 February 2005
Part 3 tx 9 February 2005

Production Company

Name

Company Pictures

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

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