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Talk of Drama

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Talk of Drama

Views of the Television Dramatist Now and Then

By Sean Day-Lewis

Publication date: 1998
Total pages: 256
ISBN: 1 86020 512 7
Price: £ 22.50


Talk of Drama is an account of television drama, past and present. It highlights the decline of artistic aspiration and the advance of market forces, as seen from the writer's point of view. Taking the late Dennis Potter and the so-called 'golden age' in which he worked as its starting point the book provided a platform for TV dramatists of today, from renowned auteurs like Alan Bleasdale, Jimmy McGovern, Alan Plater, Lynda La Plante and Paula Milne to unsung soap providers, to talk of their struggle for survival in a still changing broadcasting climate.
Through the spoken thoughts of some of today's greatest television dramatists, Talk of Drama aims to give students of the medium in general, and would be writers in particular, a readable and comprehensive account of what it takes to be a television dramatist of the 1990s.


Sean Day-Lewis has been a television reviewer and previewer for 30 years and has contributed to all the national quality daily newspapers during that time. His stint as Television and Radio Editor at the Daily Telegraph lasted for nearly 20 years.

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