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A small screen alternative to stone and bronze: The Great War series and British television

A small screen alternative to stone and bronze: The Great War series and British television

Hanna, Emma (2007) A small screen alternative to stone and bronze: The Great War series and British television. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 10 (1). pp. 89-111. ISSN 1367-5494 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549407072972)

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Abstract

This article examines the first major British television series about the First World War, The Great War (BBC, 1964), in terms of its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance. As a central component of the BBC`s 50th anniversary commemorative programme to mark the outbreak of war, the series was a major media event -a small-screen memorial cast in sounds and images instead of stone and bronze. This article looks at how the British television audience responded to this form of on-screen commemoration. Material for this article was derived from the series' extensive production records housed in the BBC Written Archives Centre at Caversham, Berkshire. This was supplemented by, among other sources, material from interviews and correspondence with several surviving members of the production team. This allows a broader understanding of the motivations of those involved in the production of a groundbreaking historical series, while acknowledging the wide-ranging nature of its audience. [From the Publisher]

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: television, representation of war, First World War,
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Social, Political & Cultural Studies
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:05
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/1877

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