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History[ edit ] The Roman playwright " Seneca has been claimed as a forerunner of radio drama because his plays were performed by readers as sound plays, not by actors as stage plays; but in this respect Seneca had no significant successors until 20th-century technology made possible the widespread dissemination of sound plays.
Early years[ edit ] Radio drama traces its roots back to the s: KYW broadcast a season of complete operas from Chicago starting in November Unsung pioneers of the art include: Translated and broadcast in Germany and England bythe play was originally scheduled by Radio-Paris to air on October 23,but was instead banned from French radio until because the government feared that the dramatic SOS messages would be mistaken for genuine distress signals.
The pappy was a rotund writer by the name of Wyllis Radio drama writing anchor. The question of who was the first to write stream-of-consciousness drama for radio is a difficult one to answer.
ByTyrone Guthrie had written plays for the BBC like Matrimonial News which consists entirely of the thoughts of a shopgirl awaiting a blind date and The Flowers Are Not for You to Pick which takes place inside the mind of a drowning man. Around the same time, Guthrie himself also worked for the Canadian National Railway radio networkproducing plays written by Merrill Denison that used similar techniques.
There were probably earlier examples of stream-of-consciousness drama on the radio. Some of the many storytellers and monologists on early s American radio might be able to claim even earlier dates.
There were dozens of programs in many different genres, from mysteries and thrillers, to soap operas and comedies. Among American playwrights, screenwriters and novelists who got their start in radio drama are Rod Serling and Irwin Shaw.
In Britain, however, during the s BBC programming, tended to be more high brow, including the works of Shakespeare, Classical Greek drama, as well as the works of major modern playwrights, such as Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, and so forth.
Novels and short stories were also frequently dramatised. After the war, the number was around They performed in the great number of plays broadcast in the heyday of BBC radio drama of the 40ss.
This featured plots about rationing, family members missing in action and the Blitz. The BBC Light Programme, while principally devoted to light entertainment and music, carried a fair share of drama, both single plays generally, as the name of the station indicated, of a lighter nature and serials.
In contrast, the BBC Third Programme, destined to become one of the leading cultural and intellectual forces in post-war Britain, specialized in heavier drama as well as the serious music, talks, and other features which made up its content: The Home Service, meanwhile, continued to broadcast more "middle-brow" drama one-off plays and serializations daily.
The high-water mark for BBC radio drama was the s and s, and during this period many major British playwrights either effectively began their careers with the BBC, or had works adapted for radio.
However, he made his debut as an original playwright with The Dock Briefstarring Michael Hordern as a hapless barrister, first broadcast in on BBC Third Programme, later televised with the same cast and subsequently presented in a double bill with What Shall We Tell Caroline?
Mortimer is most famous for Rumpole of the Baileya British television series which starred Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, an aging London barrister who defends any and all clients.The CBS Evening News is a TV institution, having some of the most well-known journalists in the world anchor it through its many decades on the air.
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