Forgotten TV Drama

British television has rightly been celebrated for producing classic drama: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954), Cathy Come Home (1966), Abigail’s Party (1977) and The Singing Detective (1986) to name just four. But for every TV “classic” there are countless plays, series and serials that have been forgotten.

Our Forgotten season highlights a few of the many productions that have survived being junked or wiped, including dramas from Granada and BBC North West that haven’t been seen since they were first transmitted. By bringing these neglected dramas to new audiences, we hope to act as the catalyst for rediscovering more of British TV’s forgotten history.

This season has been curated by Lez Cooke as part of the AHRC-funded research project, The History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK, Royal Holloway, University of London.

With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive.


Previously in this season


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Double Bill: It’s Dearer After Midnight + Them Down There

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Home and Away (Two episodes)

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Triple Bill: Sense of Place

Sense of Place was an anthology series produced by BBC North West in Manchester. Here we present three episodes, From the Roots Came the Rapper,…

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