The changing spaces of television acting

From studio realism to location realism in BBC television drama

By Richard Hewett

The changing spaces of television acting


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9298-9
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: August 2017
  • BIC Category: Television Studies, Television, Media studies, Society & social sciences / Media studies, Acting Techniques, The arts / Television, DRAMA / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General, Acting techniques


This title is an historical overview and a then-and-now comparison of performing for British television drama. By examining changing acting styles from distinct eras of television production - studio realism and location realism - it makes a unique contribution to both television and performance studies, unpacking the various determinants that have combined to influence how performers work in the medium. Comparing the original versions of The Quatermass Experiment (BBC, 1953), Doctor Who (BBC, 1963-89) and Survivors (BBC, 1975-77) with their respective modern-day re-makes, the book unpacks the developments that have resulted from the shift from multi-camera studio to single camera location production. Textual analysis is combined with extensive archive research into production process and reception, alongside interviews with numerous actors and production personnel from more than sixty years of television production.


Richard Hewett is Lecturer in Media Theory at the University of Salford


1 Scaling down in early studio realism
2 Refining studio realism
3 The genesis of location realism
4 The age of location realism
5 The return of studio realism?

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