Alan Bennett is one of the UK’s most well-known and successful writers. He has acted, written, directed, presented, or edited in almost every conceivable dramatic medium, including stage, print media, radio, film, and television. This book is the first to focus on his often neglected work for television, from the mid-1960s right through to the present. It encompasses formats such as the single play (the rarely seen 1970s collaborations with Stephen Frears and Lindsay Anderson), the two Talking Heads series, perceived as a reinvention of the television monologue, and his autobiographical documentaries. While providing a context of television drama in which Bennett’s output is embedded, this study also provides compact overviews of his work in other media.
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Abbey Afraid of Virginia Alan Bennett artist audience autobiographical BBC TV Bennett comments Bennett remarks Bennett's television plays biographical Blunt British Burgess camera characters childhood conventions critical Dinner at Noon Director documentary Englishman Abroad environment example feelings film Franz genre History Boys Hopkins Hytner Insurance Introduction Jonathan Stedall Kafka Kafka's Dick ladies Larkin Leeds Lindsay Anderson literary lives looking Miss Fozzard Miss Prothero mother narrative Nicholas Hytner northern Old Crowd Patricia Routledge performance Play for Today Poetry in Motion Private Function produced protagonists Proust provincial Question of Attribution Rolling Home Routledge scene script season seems seen shot shows single play social realism South Bank Show stage play Stephen Frears style Talking Heads Talking Heads monologues television drama Telling Thora Hird tion Untold Stories viewer Virginia Woolf visual voice Winnie Writer in Disguise writing