Play for today: the evolution of television drama

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 267 pages
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Since it was published in 1975,Play for Todayhas become a leading introduction to writing and producing drama on television. Irene Shubik, in a unique survey of British television in its Golden Age, describes the role of the producer in the making of an original television play, from initial discussions with writers to broadcast. In tracing the rise of television drama in the context of her own career, she details the intellectual, financial and technical problems of productions, and includes a fascinating chapter on the effect of reactions from critics and viewers. In this new edition, Shubik adds a firsthand account of how the popularRumpole of the Baileyseries evolved and how she developed the critically and commercially successfulThe Jewel in the Crown.

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Irene Shubik is an award-winning drama producer for BBC and ITV.

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