Play for Today: A Statistical History

May, Tom (2022) Play for Today: A Statistical History. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 19 (2). pp. 261-276. ISSN 1743-4521

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This article presents an original statistical analysis of Play for Today (BBC1, 1970–84). It begins by defining what counts as a Play for Today. It then presents six specific data-sets examining the following: (1) the output of Play for Today in different periods; (2) the duration and scheduling of plays; (3) their originality; (4) the use of film or video; (5) audience viewing figures; and (6) the number of television repeats. It also compares the data to indicate the construction of a privileged Play for Today canon which ignores a large ‘lost continent’ of Plays for Today.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: BBC, statistics analysis, canon, viewing figures, duration, scheduling, Play for Today, originality, repeats
Subjects: P300 Media studies
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2022 10:13
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 10:15

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