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Media Show [15/09/2010]

Synopsis
Radio series on the media world. In this edition Steve Hewlett talks about the the discovery by the British Film Institute of 100 hours of TV dramas from the 1960 believed lost lost until found recently by the Library of Congress in the USA. They include early performances by Sean Connery, Jane Asher and Dorothy Tutin, from a time when the tapes on which programmes were recorded were often wiped so they could be reused. The BFI’s curator of television Steve Bryant talks about plans to show some of the plays in its "Missing Believed Wiped" season.
Series
Media Show
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
15 Sep 2010 at 13:30 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Producer
Simon Tillotson
Contributor
Nigel Bryant; Steve Hewlett

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); television drama

Notes

Notes
Available as a podcast at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tpt3q#synopsis (accessed 9/2011)
Brief extracts from the recovered Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing were played on BBC Radio 4 ‘s Today programme http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9000000/9000188.stm (accessed 9/2011), broadcast on the same day.
General
BFI Press release "A collection of "lost" British TV dramas of the 50s and 60s newly acquired by the BFI National Archive’.
Shakespeare-related findings are:

FOR SCHOOLS: TWELFTH NIGHT (Associated-Rediffusion, 18.3.59)
Television version of Shakespeare’s play for school children. Cast includes Bernard Horsfall, John Wood and Emrys James.

FOR SCHOOLS: ROMEO AND JULIET (Associated-Rediffusion)
Shakespeare’s play, directed for TV by Prudence Nesbitt. Cast includes Jane Asher, David Weston, Peter Ellis and Jerome Willis.

Part 1 (23.10.62)
Part 2 (6.11.62)
Part 3 (13.11.62)
Part 4 (20.11.62)
Part 5 (27.11.62)

FOR SCHOOLS: HAMLET (Associated-Rediffusion)
Shakespeare’s play, directed for tv by Tania Lieven. Cast includes Sydney Taffler, Michael Aldridge, Barry Foster.

Part 1 (22.10.63)
Part 2 (5.11.63)
Part 3 (12.11.63)
Part 4 (19.11.63)
Part 5 (26.11.63)

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (BBC, 5.2.67)
Shakespeare’s play with a cast including Derek Jacobi, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith and, in minor roles, Frank Finlay, Michael Gambon and Christopher Timothy.

A WINTER’S TALE (BBC, 20.4.1962)
Shakespeare’s play, produced and directed by Don Taylor, with a cast including Robert Shaw, Patrick McNee and Ron Moody.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

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Address
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