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Broadcasting contexts

Jonathan Bignell

in Beckett on Screen

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780719064203
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701867 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719064203.003.0003
Broadcasting contexts

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This chapter discusses the broadcasting contexts where Beckett's television plays were made and shown. It examines some archival sources, which places the scheduling and promotional contexts of the plays in comparison with and in contrast to other television drama forms. It shows that Beckett's dramas for British television were screened in arts programming slots on BBC2, instead of the customary scheduling positions and drama series of the time. It also mentions BBC radio, which was committed to broadcasting original experimental drama in the Third Programme (now known as Radio 3), including Beckett's radio plays. This chapter also shows that his plays work both with and against television cultures, and draw attention to their distinctiveness.

Keywords: broadcasting contexts; television plays; archival sources; promotional contexts; television drama forms; arts programming slots; BBC radio; Third Programme; radio plays; television cultures

Chapter.  13190 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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