Explores the cultural politics of televisual engagements with the history, literature and archaeology of Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece has inspired television producers and captivated viewing audiences in the United Kingdom for over half a century. By examining how and why political, social and cultural narratives of Greece have been constructed through television's distinctive audiovisual languages, and in relation also to its influential sister-medium radio, this volume explores the nature and function of these public engagements with the written and material remains of the Hellenic past.
Through 10 case studies drawn from feature programmes, educational broadcasts, children's animation, theatre play productions, dramatic fiction and documentaries broadcast across the decades, this collection offers wide-ranging insights into the significance of ancient Greece on British television.
Brings experts from the disciplines of Classics and Media Studies together to offer rigorous examples of how to apply the methodologies of Media Studies to Classical Reception
Investigates institutional production contexts, developing technologies, the use of space and location, style and aesthetics, costume and staging, globalization and localization and audiences
Explores the representation of ancient Greece across a range of forms, including documentary, television drama, radio, theatre plays, educational television and children's animation
Includes an interview with ancient historian Michael Scott and producer-director David Wilson to reflecting particularly on concept to reality
Discusses content broadcast on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4
Contributors include Anna Foka, Lynn Fotheringham, Peter Golphin, Tony Keen, Sarah Miles, Amanda Potter and John Wyver
About the Author
Fiona Hobden is Senior Lecturer in Greek Culture at the University of Liverpool, where her teaching and research extends from the politics, culture and society of ancient Greece to the reception of Classical antiquity today. She is the author of The Symposion in Ancient Greek Society and Thought (Cambridge, 2013). Recent publications have examined the representation of ancient Greece and Rome on television, with a focus on documentaries. Amanda Wrigley works in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading. She specialises in the contextual histories of radio and television in 20th-century Britain, exploring issues of adaptation, intermediality, audiences and education as they pertain to imaginative programming which adapts and creates dramatic and literary forms. She is currently writing Greece on Screen: Greek Plays on British Television, a companion volume to her Greece on Air: Engagements with Ancient Greece on BBC Radio, 1920s-1960s (Oxford, 2015).
Table of Contents
Broadcasting Greece: An Introduction to Greek Antiquity on the Small Screen, Fiona Hobden and Amanda Wrigley
1. Are We the Greeks? Understanding Antiquity and Ourselves in Television Documentaries, Fiona Hobden
2. Louis MacNeice and 'The Paragons of Hellas': Ancient Greece as Radio Propaganda, Peter Golphin
3. The Beginnings of Civilisation: Television Travels to Greece with Mortimer Wheeler and Compton Mackenzie, John Wyver
4. Tragedy for Teens: Ancient Greek Tragedy on BBC and ITV School Television in the 1960s, Amanda Wrigley
5. The Serpent Son (1979): A Science Fiction Aesthetic?, Tony Keen
6. Don Taylor, the 'old-fashioned populist'? The Theban Plays (1986) and Iphigenia at Aulis (1990): Production Choices and Audience Responses, Lynn Fotheringham
7. The Odyssey in the 'Broom Cupboard': Ulysses 31 and Odysseus: The Greatest Hero of them All on 'Children's BBC', 1985-6, Sarah Miles
8. Greek Myth in the Whoniverse, Amanda Potter
9. The Digital Aesthetic in Atlantis: The Evidence (2010), Anna Foka
10. Greece in the Making: From Intention to Practicalities in Television Documentaries. A Conversation with Michael Scott and David Wilson, Fiona Hobden