Drama (BBC)

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companyBBC
started17th Jan 1958
ended26th Nov 1973
17 school years
episodes130 (approximately)
duration25 mins, 30 mins & 20 mins
subject 📚EnglishDrama
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English

Drama (BBC) is a BBC schools TV series from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, covering Drama for secondary school pupils.

  • dramatisations of (for the most part) classical plays and novels, and some occasional documentary programmes about the making of the dramas or different aspects of drama & production
  • replaced by English (some of the early episodes of Drama in the 1950s were billed under the title English, as that was the school subject to which they related)

Episodes

  • Spring 1958
    • Characters in Action, including dramatised scenes of Mark Antony and the Crowd, Macbeth's Rise to Power, Macbeth's Downfall, all by William Shakespeare, and The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe - starring William Squire as Dr Faustus (cf. Autumn 1961)
    • Fact in Fiction (programmes on Young People at School, Young People at Work and Young People at Leisure)
  • Spring 1959
    • The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
    • The Life and Death of Sir John Falstaff by William Shakespeare
    • The Proposal by Anton Chekhov
    • The Shadow of the Glen by John Millington Synge
  • Summer 1959
    • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Spring 1960:
    • In the Zone by Eugene O'Neill
    • Strife by John Galsworthy
    • Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge
    • Bad Business by Mikhail Zoschenko - starring Richard Caldicot as the manager (cf. Autumn 1967)
    • Androcles and the Lion by Bernard Shaw
    • The Dark Pits of War by Beverley Cross, plus a programme on The Making of the Play
  • Autumn 1960:
    • The Haunted House by Titus Maccius Plautus
    • Limes from Sicily by Luigi Pirandello
    • a repeat of Androcles and the Lion by Bernard Shaw
    • The Poet by Dario Niccodemi
    • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare - starring James Maxwell as Mark Antony (cf. Autumn 1963)
  • Spring 1961:
    • An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
    • Doctor Knock by Jules Romains
    • The Victim by the producer, Ronald Eyre, and two programmes on A Play in the Making
  • Autumn 1961:
    • Philoctetes by Sophocles, including an Introduction programme
    • St Patrick's Day by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    • A Wedding by Anton Chekhov
    • Laughter
    • Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe - starring Alan Dobie as Dr Faustus (cf. Spring 1958)
    • Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
    • The Wakefield Shepherds' Play
  • Autumn 1962:
    • programmes on A Play in the Making
    • Antigone by Sophocles
    • The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, including an Introduction programme
    • a repeat of The Wakefield Shepherds' Play
  • Autumn 1963 including:
    • The Queen and the Rebels by Ugo Betti
    • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare - starring Patrick Allen as Mark Antony (cf. Autumn 1960)
  • Autumn 1964:
    • a repeat of The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht
    • Mateo Falcone by Prosper Merimée
    • Shylock versus the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
    • two new plays by Keith Dewhurst based on incidents in The Caucasian Chalk Circle: The Chimney Boy and The Life and Death of the Lovely Karen Gilhooley
    • The Lark by Jean Anouilh
  • Autumn 1965:
    • Volpone by Ben Johnson
    • A Poor Gentleman by Ivan Turgenev
    • Serjeant Musgrave's Dance by John Arden
    • The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek
  • Autumn 1966:
    • a repeat of The Queen and the Rebels by Ugo Betti
    • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    • The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol
  • Autumn 1967 including:
    • Hobson's Choice by Harold Brighouse
    • The Remarkable Case of Mr Bruhl by James Thurber
    • The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls by Marcel Aymé
    • Comedy by Clive Dunn
    • Bad Business by Mikhail Zoschenko - starring Arthur Lowe as the manager (cf. Spring 1960)
  • Spring 1969:
    • Roots by Arnold Wesker
    • The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd by D. H. Lawrence
    • Why Danny Misses School by Keith Dewhurst
    • a repeat of Serjeant Musgrave's Dance by John Arden
  • Autumn 1969:
    • Chips with Everything by Arnold Wesker
    • a repeat of Hobson's Choice by Harold Brighouse
    • a repeat of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Autumn 1971:
    • A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney
    • a repeat of Hobson's Choice by Harold Brighouse
    • a repeat of Chips with Everything by Arnold Wesker
    • Working on a Play: a programme covering the production and performance of a short play called The Brave One by Allan Prior
  • Autumn 1973:
    • a repeat of A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney
    • a repeat of Chips with Everything by Arnold Wesker
    • a repeat of Working on a Play: The Brave One by Allan Prior
    • Heil Caesar by John Bowen, based on Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (an Introduction programme was added later when this unit was repeated as part of English)

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