British TV and Film Culture in the 1950s: Coming to a TV by Su Holmes

By Su Holmes

This publication specializes in the rising old kinfolk among British tv and picture tradition within the Fifties. Drawing upon archival learn, it does this by way of exploring the improvement of the early cinema programme on tv - largely present unencumber (BBC, 1952-3), photo Parade (BBC, 1956) and picture Fanfare (ABC, 1956-7) - and argues that it was once those texts which performed the relevant position within the constructing family among the media. fairly by way of Britain, the early co-existence of tv and cinema has been obvious as opposed and adversarial, yet in situating those programmes in the contexts in their institutional creation, aesthetic building and reception, the ebook goals to ‘reconstruct’ television’s assurance of the cinema as the most important to the material of British movie and tv tradition on the time. It demonstrates how the jobs of cinema and tv - as media industries and cultural types, yet crucially as websites of monitor leisure - successfully got here jointly at present in any such manner that's particular to this decade.

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In this respect, Buscombe argued that television should ‘redefine its relationship to the cinema’ and concentrate ‘more on ideas, and less on ephemera and trivia... 60). Implicit in the reference to ‘responsibility’ is that television is failing to fulfill the central tenets of its public service remit - to use the arts to educate and inform, as well as entertain. qrk 25/2/05 10:55 am Page 42 42 British TV and Film Culture in the 1950s certainly similar to opinions expressed in the popular press at that time.

12), this refers to the move into television production on a broader scale. The relations between the film industry and television in Britain also changed in the mid-1950s as a result of the introduction of commercial television (ITV), a second channel which represented a challenge to the BBC’s monopoly. 33). Particularly in terms of its implications for the BBC, the emergence of ITV is discussed in Chapter Four, but as Stokes explains, ‘Commercial television promised greater choice of viewing, an expansion of the market, and a new optimism about popular broadcasting’ (Ibid).

Qrk 25/2/05 10:55 am Page 47 restricted, as was the general audience for television. 164), which amounts to approximately one set in every eight homes. 33). 245). 23 Current Release emerged at a time when television was just beginning to expand but (unlike Picture Parade and Film Fanfare later in the decade), it was not necessarily accessible to a mass audience. Prior to this, 1947 saw the advent of Film History, ‘A series based on the early days of the cinema going back to the old silents’,24 and The Film (1947-8), a profile centred programme with editions on esteemed directors such as D.

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