The Golden Age of TV Drama

Ref: C2226621

Was there ever a Golden Age of television drama? The course will look at some of the seminal productions of the 60s, 70s and 80s that established the reputation of original TV drama as a new art form. The course will explore the influence of key writers, such as Dennis Potter, David Mercer and John Hopkins, and pioneering directors, such as Ken Loach, Peter Watkins and Edgar Reitz, and will consider the impact their productions had on the public in the age before multi-channel Television. Each week we will look at an individual play or series in terms of its stylistic techniques and innovations, its themes and its wider influence on the development of television drama.

Additional information about this course

Half term 19/02/2020

Course aim

To enhance learners' understanding of the development of television drama as an art form and the cultural context in which writers and directors were able to develop their techniques.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the cultural context of television drama
  • make informed judgements about the narrative and stylistic techniques used by television dramatists to develop their themes
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of the moving image as a vehicle of communication

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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The Golden Age of TV Drama

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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