LIT245 : The Golden Age of British Television Drama

Convenor(s): Professor Sue Vice


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module will examine British television drama from the 1960s up to the present. It will analyse individual texts from a dramatic, televisual and institutional perspective in order to explore the notion of a ‘Golden Age’ of such drama, which is commonly taken to have ended in 1987. Texts to be studied will range from Jeremy Sandford’s Cathy Come Home (1966) to Jack Rosenthal’s Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976), Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) to Peter Flannery’s Our Friends in the North (1996). We will also look at work by Dennis Potter and Stephen Poliakoff, as well as the recent ‘Yorkshire noir’ Red Riding; one week will be reserved for student choice. There will be screenings each week, and the course text will be Lez Cooke’s British Television Drama: A History, BFI 2004.


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Assessment will be by two short (1500 and 2500) or one long 4000-word essay.

Contact Details

Professor Sue Vice

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:17 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK